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?