Clean Hands; a Pure Heart
"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." - Psalm 24:3-4God has rigid requirements for those who want to enjoy intimate fellowship with Him. There is no easy access to God for those with unclean hands or an impure heart. It is an affront to holy God to assume that we can indulge in our sin and blatantly disobey His word, then brazenly enter the holy of holies. In Old Testament times, one's hands represented one's activities. Clean hands symbolized pure activities. Priests washed their hands before serving in the temple to symbolize that only those who were cleansed could worship holy God.
There are levels of intimacy with God. The moment you become a Christian you begin a relationship with the Lord. However, if you persist in your sin, sin will separate you from God and keep you from enjoying close fellowship with Him. If you follow only God's basic commandments but resist every time God gives you specific, personal directions, you will never truly experience the depths of God's Person. If, however, you are like the psalmist and understand the holiness of God, you will adjust your life to HIS standards and respond to His prompting so that you may have deeper fellowship with Him.
The closer you get to holy God, the MORE obvious even your smallest sins become. The more you know of God's character, the more you will realize the need to wash your hands and purify your heart before you can get close to Him.
Are you willing for the Almighty God to make you ABSOLUTELY pure before Him so that you can enjoy the MAXIMUM possible relationship with Him?
-Experiencing God day by day
by: Henry T. Blackaby
We must examine ourselves before a Holy God. No one can stand without Jesus, but what are our activities? Do we have clean hands? Are we obeying even the smallest commands of our Lord? Search us Oh God... see if there be any grievous way within us... and lead us in the way everlasting.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Worship with me today...
By: The School of Worship