Who may ascend onto the mountain of the Lord?
And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to what is false, Nor has sworn [oaths] deceitfully. Psalm 24:3-4 The Holy Bible Amplified Version
The mountain was the meeting place with Jehovah.
If we desire an intimate relationship with Him, when we come to Him in prayer it is necessary for us to not be worshiping anything or anyone else other that Him.
We need to have integrity in our lives. It is necessary that our hands are clean. That is, that we have dealt honestly with everyone and not been deceitful.
Our hearts are to be pure. That means that we are not thinking about fleshly lust or revenge or being arrogant towards others.
To lift up our soul falsely means that we are not to gossip (which is spreading lies about others and spreading rumors, which can hurt or destroy others) and are not to give false testimony about others which will hurt them in court or in relationships.
To swear an oath in deceit means that we make promises that we have no intention of keeping. That is a form of lying.
All of these things are detestable to Jehovah.
What right do you have to come to the temple of Jehovah when you are practicing the rituals of satan? Joseph a son of Jehovah
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord is Righteousness) for teaching me and helping me to be righteous enough to enter into You most Holy Tabernacle (we have our own which is a great story). I love spending time with You more than anything else in this world and look forward to spending eternity with You. Thank you for convicting me of any offenses and the proper manner in which to repent of them. I praise You in the name of He whose blood opened the door to our Tabernacle Jesus Christ. Amen
Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful, whatever brings you joy, may you be blessed with an abundance of it this every day this year.
Photo and article @ Joseph a son of Jehovah 2019