Our home church recently put together bibles to be shipped to Africa and distributed here in the U.S. It’s always such a blessing to lay hands on the very words of God that will be used to bring salvation and sanctification to people around the world. One of the things that is super important while building the bibles is to have clean hands so we don’t smudge the writing. The signs stating this that they put up around the church prompts my husband to sing that “Give us clean hands, give us pure hearts” song as he works.
It makes me smile just thinking of it. It also reminds me of the Psalm I read this Sunday, the 24th. I read a Psalm and Proverb for whatever day of the month it is, and right now I’m reading through the Old Testament on top of that. So if you want to be consistent in your bible reading but you don’t know where to start, or you’re crunched on time, try that approach! You’ll be encouraged by the Psalms, and grow in wisdom from the Proverbs.
~Psalm 24:3-5 says Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
That means we can’t dwell in the presence of the Lord unless we’re clean. Our hearts and hands have to be empty of anything and everything that could come between us and Jesus. Whether that’s bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, envy, or lust, it’s all sin that blackens our heart, blocks the flow of worship, hinders our prayers, and halts our praise.
To receive the blessing and righteousness from God, we have to release the sin in our lives. We turn from that sin to Jesus as Lord and Savior, trusting that his perfect sacrifice was enough to cleanse us and reconcile us to God the Father. It’s called repentance.
Repentance is a change of mind and heart, that leads to a change in direction, and results in a changed life.
Just as refreshing as a cool shower on a steamy day, God’s forgiveness washes over us as we repent of each and every sin, renewing us to a right relationship with himself. There is no better feeling than the confidence that comes with knowing you are right with the Almighty. Unencumbered. Undefiled. Forgiven. Free.
Job says in 17:9 ~The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
You want to be a strong woman, right? The more you confess and forsake, and rely on God’s mercy and grace, the stronger you become. So examine your heart and life. Have you ever come to God confessing your sin and professing belief in the gospel as the only way to righteousness? Or are you trusting in your good works or moral behavior to get you into heaven? There is no other way to be right with God other than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, through repentance and faith!
If you’re a believer, what sin are you overlooking and allowing to separate you from close fellowship with Christ? Pray about it. Ask the Lord to reveal to you any area of uncleanness in your life. Even if it’s hard, you have to let it go. I promise you won’t regret it. There is joy and peace abounding to those with clean hands and pure hearts.
~James 4:8~Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.