Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? 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. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. – Psalm 24:3-6
Restrooms in restaurants have signs reminding employees about the hand-washing law. Clinics and hospitals have antibacterial foam dispensers located frequently throughout the building. Mom says, “Wash your hands and come to the table; supper’s ready.” Even with careful hygienic practices, can you ever be sure that your hands are totally clean? What happens when you touch the door handle to leave the bathroom?
In Psalm 24, King David asks very serious questions: “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?” The answer to these rhetorical questions is, “No one.” There is no one whose hands and heart are completely free and clear from the filth and dirt of sin. When we’re honest with ourselves, we realize that we have lifted up our souls to idols. Perhaps it wasn’t a wooden statue in our backyard, but the idols of money, technology, cars, trucks, boats, athletics… the list of idols and false gods goes on and on. Our hands and hearts are filthy with sin. What super soap is there? How can we become clean?
The truth is there is only one who lived each day with clean hands and a pure heart. There is only one who never bowed down to an earthly idol; he never worshipped false gods. Jesus is that one. Yet, not only did he live the perfect life, he went to the cross to die for your sins and mine. By his complete and perfect sacrifice he has paid for all your sins. Through faith in Jesus you are clean! Your heart is pure! This is the greatest blessing and gift God has given to all mankind!
When someone gives you a gift, it’s common to say “Thank You.” As ones who have received such a wonderful blessing and gift from God our Savior, saying “Thank You” is a way we express our faith in Jesus. We thank him by seeking the Lord where he is found: in the Bible, at worship, in devotions and Bible classes. Because Jesus is our Savior, we love to ascend the hill of the Lord. Because Jesus is our Savior, we now have the confidence and desire to come before God. Because Jesus is our Savior, we look forward to standing in his presence and living with him forever!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for cleansing me from all sin so that I can approach you each day with hands and heart free from sin and prepared to serve you. Amen.