Give Us Clean Hands

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"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 24:3-4a

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 God to assume that we can indulge in our sin and blatantly disobey His word, then desire to 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 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 God’s commandments but resist every time God gives you specific, personal directions, you will never fully experience the depths of the Triune God. 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 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 God to make you absolutely pure before Him so that you can enjoy the maximum possible relationship with Him?

This scripture reminds me of a song that Chris Tomlin sings, called "Give Is Clean Hands". Enjoy the words, and if you have a moment, also enjoy the YouTube @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT4Rt04In4w

GIVE US CLEAN HANDS
We bow our hearts, we bend our knees
Oh Spirit come make us humble
We turn our eyes, from evil things
Oh Lord we cast down our idols

So give us clean hands and give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Oh give us clean hands and give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Oh God let this be a generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob
Oh God let us be a generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob

We bow our hearts, we bend our knees
Oh Spirit come make us humble
We turn our eyes, from evil things
Oh Lord we cast down our idols

So give us clean hands
and give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Give us clean hands--Oh God
and give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Oh God let us be a generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob
Oh God let us be a generation that seeks
Who seeks Your face, Oh God of Jacob

Prayer: 
Heavenly Father, I want to have clean hands and a pure heart. I don't want to live away from You. I want to live in Your presence and I want to live under Your leadership. Guide and direct me today. Help me please You. Help me be totally obedient. Don't let me sin and if I do sin make it known to me so I can confess that sin immediately and stay close to You. Amen.
Date: 
Jun 13 2018