In today’s psalm, we are reminded of the historical and symbolic meaning of mountains in the scriptures. In the Old Testament, God resided on Mount Sinai, from which he gave mankind the law. In the New Testament, Jesus gave us his most important sermon on the mountain, and it was on a mountain where he was transfigured and revealed himself to his disciples.
So why is it that mountains are so important in the scriptures? Perhaps it is because the search for union with God is one in which we are always striving for something higher and greater than ourselves. When we see a glimpse of God at the top of that mountain, we are reminded of the greatness of the Lord. In that sense of awe and wonder we can recognize the extent of the love and mercy of God, who loved us so much that he became one of us and took our sinfulness upon himself.
The psalmist captures this relationship quite beautifully.
Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.
Today, let us strive to be that kind of disciple.