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::Devotional:: ‘Give Us Clean Hands’

February 24, 2010

God is holy.  He is pure, He is perfect, He is sinless.  Yet the very same God welcomes me each and every day into His throne room where I may boldy approach His throne of grace.  How does that happen?  God is, by His very nature, sinless and I am a sinner by my nature.  That’s like oil and water; they just don’t mix.

In Psalm 24, David wrote about an unclean and impure people who desired to have fellowship with God.  He asked the very same question I posed earlier – How can sinful man have fellowship with sinless God?

Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?  Who may stand in his holy place?  v. 3

David said that the requirements for ascending the hill and standing in the holy place were clean hands and a pure heart.  He added that any idol, something adored in a higher position than the Lord, must be put aside so that the Lord had the proper position in a man’s life.

He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. v. 4

In the Old Testament, a man was cleansed and made pure in the sight of the Lord through ceremonial sacrifices and offerings.  However, those were nothing more than foreshadows of what truly cleansed a man and made him pure, the blood of Jesus Christ.

The shed blood of Jesus, his death, burial, and resurrection cleansed those in the Old Testament just as it cleansed those in the New Testament and beyond.  Where they proclaimed their faith through ceremony by hands we proclaim our faith through the confession of our mouth and the belief of our heart.  The cleansing agent of sin remains the same, it is always the perfect blood of the sacrificial lamb, Jesus Christ.

Nothing but the blood of Jesus can cleanse my sin and grant me the privilege and honor of going boldly before God’s throne of

grace.  By the blood I seek the Lord and by the blood I find Him.  David said that those who are clean and who ascend the hill of the LORD will receive blessing and vindication from the Savior. Thank you Lord, for clean hands and a pure heart – washed in the blood, the soul cleansing blood of Jesus.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Pat Turner permalink
    February 24, 2010 3:34 pm

    Mike and I like your daily devotion. We also like the utube tape with the song on it. It is a beautiful song.

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