My mother gave me a gold ring set with a star sapphire when I graduated from high school. The rounded, polished sapphire appears as a rich, dark blue in subdued light, but a direct light on it reveals a sharply defined six pointed star. Its appearance is caused by little needle-like structures in the sapphire’s surface, which refract direct light. It is a lovely gem, for light on its interior reveals the shining star heart.
Our Lord created the mineral wealth in our earth from which to mine such treasures. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him. For He laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.” (Psalm 24:1-2 ESV) Everything, to the psalmist David, includes the earth’s harvests, its wealth above and below, the teaming life it supports, and the worship of its people. Indeed, as our Creator and the One who sustains life and provides for us, worship is the natural response.
When we think about the holiness of God, we ask with the psalmist: “Who may climb the mountain of God? Who may stand in His holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their Saviour. Such people may seek You and worship in Your presence, O God of Jacob.” (Psalm 24:3-6 ESV). God can see clearly into our hearts, know our actions and judge the purity of our intentions. He hears our words, which often reveal the state of our hearts. “For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” (Matthew 12:34B ESV)
We may often feel unworthy to stand in God’s holy place, knowing that our hands are not always clean of sin, that our thoughts are at times impure, that idolatry tugs in subtle ways, and we too easily make promise we can’t keep. Jesus is the only One with the clean heart and hands which God desires, and by His salvation, He enables us to also approach God in His holy place. Like the light which reveals the star heart of the sapphire, God’s truth and love shines in our hearts, making us the people who will receive His blessing and have a right relationship with God our Saviour.