Matius 5:6 mengatakan: “Berbahagialah mereka yang lapar dan haus setelah kebenaran! Karena mereka akan menjadi kenyang “Ini adalah kebenaran yang diberikan oleh Allah kepada mereka yang lapar dan haus akan kebenaran.Kita perlu mencari dan menerimanya. Kita perlu diubah dalam karakter dan tindakan, bagi mereka yang hidup dalam kehidupan dunia, tidak akan dan tidak dapat menerima hal itu. Seperti kita hidup di dunia ini, mencari perubahan tersebut tanpa bantuan dari Roh Kudus adalah sia-sia, karena kita perlu untuk mempertahankannya dalam jangka panjang, bukan jangka pendek. Itu bukan sesuatu yang kita hanya bisa capai dengan kekuatan kehendak kita sendiri.
Not only was the questions of who could live on Mount Zion important to David, the question also became important for all the prophets, as Isaiah asks in Isaiah 33:14” saying: ”The sinners in Zion are afraid; terror has surprised profane ones. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”
Yes, who shall dwell, who shall stand in the devouring fire? Again, the answer is given by David in Psalm 24:4 as the Holy Spirit answers us saying: “He who has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity, and has not sworn deceitfully.” And as v5 says: “He shall receive the blessing from Jehovah, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
Whose righteousness is this? It is certainly not ours, for as Matthew 5:6 says: “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be filled.” It is a righteousness given by God to those who hunger and thirst after it. We need to seek after it to receive it. We need to be changed in character and action, for those living as the world lives, will not and cannot receive it. As we live in this world, seeking such changes without the help of the Holy Spirit is in vain, for we need to sustain in the long term, not the short. It is not something we can simply accomplish by the strength our own will.
Reading on in Psalm 24:6 we find: “This is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face, O God of Jacob. Selah.” As it was then, it is now. We are required to seek God with both righteousness and purity. They both go hand-in-hand and are inseparable; we cannot be one, without having the other; as Ezekiel 36:26-27 explains: “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments and do them.” Reading further in v37 “So says the Lord Jehovah: yet this, I will be sought by the house of Israel to act for them. I will increase them with men like a flock.” ~P.O.G