Christian Living Repentance

The Holy North Face

Have you heard the one about the guy who washed his hands too much during the pandemic?

Repentance is like that. Cleansing of sin reveals answers from God

A church where I once served held a unique series of revival meetings. Our pastor called it a “solemn assembly.” One like good king Jehosophat proclaimed for Judah in 2 Chronicles 20:1-34.

The congregation met each evening for worship and prayer, but with no preaching. This went on for a week. As we sought God, confessing our corporate shortcomings, divine answers appeared.

It was a type of two-factor authentication–to use the cyber security lingo.

“Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol.” Psalm 24 :3-4 (NIV)

Clean hands and a pure heart: the two things needed to climb the holy north face. It’s thought-provoking here that hand washing comes BEFORE heart cleansing. That’s because the purest form of worship is repentance. I experienced this personally during those revival meetings. As my view of God became clearer, my walk with Him grew closer.

Seeking God in earnest reveals the true nature of one’s heart. In my case, there was too much of me. Recognition and a change of heart’s direction cleared the road back to the Father. But this practice hasn’t been a “one and done” event. The narrow path to heaven is susceptible to drifted snow.

Need answers? Invite yourself to a Solemn Assembly–just you and God. It will be a purifying experience. I know this because it was for me.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

42 replies on “The Holy North Face”

Thanks David. It is our favorite place when there seems to be no safer place to go and enjoy nature here in California. On a lucky day when there’s nobody around my family and I can enjoy the beach without mask and worries. It’s nice and refreshing. Perhaps soon, every place will be safe , and travel and restrictions will be a past & everyone starts being kinder to one another again.

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Thanks, Pastor Pete. I’d like to know more about the Brazilian version of a solemn assembly. Maybe you could write a post about the experience? God Bless. I hope you enjoy your Sunday as well.


David, this is such a needed reminder for us all today. As I read this I’m reminded of the verse in Matthew where Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure, for they shall see God.” It is only when our hearts (and hands) are pure we get to see God. Like Isaiah, we have to get His live coal to purge us so we can move closer ♥️

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Wonderful post David. Great joke! 😊 There’s usually too much of us in all of us. More of you Lord and less of me can be a challenge. Glad the Lord’s good at wrestling and tug-o-wars. ❤

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Timing is never a worry for me my friend. So happy thoughts served you 😊 It needs to be said how often we can stand in our own way complicating what God has made do simple, love ❤ Enjoy the rest of your weekend, blessings to you and yours 🙏

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I love, LOVE ❤️ your thought, Maria: “Stepping out of our own way.” Letting God’s love flow is the goal. Like my middle school basketball coach used to say, “David, don’t block your own shot.”

Sorry, I meant to reply to this sooner😌. Blessings!

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I’m glad my post helped you today. I often ask God to use my ramblings to help and encourage someone in need.

I saw your post. Big Sur looks as beautiful as ever! I saw on the news that some roads by the ocean were washed out there. I thought of you and your family—knowing that’s one of your go to places.

Thanks for stopping by. I greatly appreciate your reading and comments!


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I needed to read this today. So many distractions, so many worries that it is hard to see and feel God’s presence sometimes. It’s easy to lose focus and foresight. Thank you. God gave me & my family a chance to enjoy our time together this week as I took time to be off work for my son’s Winter break. His love and generosity is visible in every joy and blessing. So too in adversity as he is our great Redeemer & Protector. God bless.

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Yes, the progress is in the practice and the daily surrender. Stepping out of our own way to allow God’s love to pour in and through, out and throughout ourselves and others. I really enjoyed this humorous story and imagery David. Well done!

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Right! God knows who we are anyway. He just wants to know we are serious. Of course, He already knows if we are. Uh oh, I’ve backed myself into a circular argument. 🙃

I always look forward to your input. Thank you and God Bless.

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I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Sally. Thank you for sharing the results of your research. I borrowed the term “holy north face” from Eugene Peterson’s translation of Psalm 15 in “The Message.”

I appreciate your kind and helpful contributions! Blessings.

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Great post, David.
It inspired me to do further research.
My husband has some jackets with the logo ‘THE NORTH FACE’.
The north face of a mountain is considered the most challenging to climb.

I often visualize the spiritual life as a journey up a mountain. It is steep, and, as you say, sometimes there are ‘snowdrifts’.

I agree with you that repentance increases our humility, which strengthens our relationship with God, through Jesus. Thanks 🤗⚘

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You’re welcome, CG. The idea was new to me when my pastor suggested it. Our solemn assembly turned out to be one of the most powerful and productive revival times we experienced as a church. The corporate confession and waiting before God led to transformation on a personal level.

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Thank you for adding your two cents, Jeff. It’s always a good two cents!

The solemn assembly type meetings did serve the purpose you describe. One should not approach God haphazardly it ill prepared. Again, I appreciate your input.


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