Clean Hands; a Pure Heart

Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart. (Psalms 24:3-4a)

God 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 fully 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 almighty God to make you absolutely pure before Him so that you can enjoy the maximum possible relationship with Him?

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3 Responses to Clean Hands; a Pure Heart

  1. Gina says:

    Good devotional… I didn’t know that about the priests – it makes so much sense though. “The closer you get to holy God, the more obvious even your smallest sins become.” So true…

  2. Janie says:

    Wow that was very inspiring! Thank you!
    I also think of one’s hands picturing their heart. Like if I commit a sin with my hands, than it shows a dirty heart. And that is where the purifying comes in.
    I love your last sentence.
    Once again, thank you for sharing your encouraging thoughts!
    Love,
    Janie

  3. Sarah says:

    Hey guys! That was the Blackaby Devotion for the day. Ernie posted it, wasnt my own blog.

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