King of the Hill
Dr. Gerald Harris
When I was a boy we used to play a little game called "king of the hill." Down the street from where we lived they had built a house and they had dug out a lot of earth in order for the house to have a basement. They had piled up the dirt in a huge pile and it remained there for years. One of us boys would get on top of that dirt pile and get situated real good and then we would shout, "ready!" The other boys would come up and try to take over one at a time.
A guy would come running up one side of that dirt pile and I would push him in the face with my left hand like a football player giving somebody a stiff arm. So he would go rolling down the hill. Then I would laugh real big but I didn't laugh long because there would be another guy coming up the other side of the hill. I would have to deal with him then. Just about the time I got him dealt with there would be a fellow coming up the front and another fellow up the back. But, as long as I could maintain my place up on that pile of dirt I was king of the hill.
Now, in our text David is talking about something identical to that in the spiritual realm. He is referring to the child of God who gets fixed up on the top of the hill and then becomes steadfast and unmovable. In the first verse of our text he asks the question, "Lord, who shall abide in the tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?"
The emphasis needs to be placed upon the two words "abide" and "dwell." "Lord, who is going to be able to abide in the tabernacle? Who is going to be able to dwell upon the holy hill?" We are not talking about a sightseeing tour or just a visit, but we are talking about permanency. We are talking about the truth of 1 Corinthians 15, where Paul says, "But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, therefore my beloved brethren be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord."
He is talking here about maintain ...
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