Clean Hands

Psalm 24:3-4 “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol, or swear by a false god.”

Uh Oh!

How many of us can claim to always have clean hands and always have a pure heart? How many of us think we can stand in the presence of the Almighty God?

The problem is none of us can. None of us are clean or pure or righteous on our own and have been unclean for a long long time.

I remember some of my sins even from childhood. I thought lying was a very clever way of escaping punishment for something I knew I was guilty of. So not only had I committed some sin for which I should have been punished, I was also guilty of the high crime of lying.

The result? Dirty hands and an impure heart. A double whammy and I was just a kid. How many more times have I committed sins as an adult?

Perhaps you can identify.

And what about idols and false gods? I don’t call them that, but what do I have in my life that is more important to me that knowing and following the One True Living God?

On my own I stand condemned and my own sin is what condemns me.

The apostle Paul recognized this in his own life and addressed it in Romans 7:24, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Can I hear an amen?

It doesn’t depend on us. It falls on Jesus and He has done it for us. All I need do is receive the gift.

Psalm 24:5 goes on to say in verse 5, “They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior.”

Blessing and freedom are available through the Savior. Life and liberty are available in the Savior. Salvation and eternal life are right there when we trust Jesus Christ the Savior of the world.

Jesus, how do I ever even begin to say thank You for all that You have done for me? I will spend an eternity in gratitude.


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