Pure Hearts and Clean Hands

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Psalms 24:3-6 ESV

“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false
and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the Lord
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah”

This is Old Testament, so back then the hill of the Lord was a physical hill on which the physical temple of God sat. So this symbolizes our relationships with Jesus Christ, for now believers in Jesus Christ are that temple, and God lives within us by his Spirit. So, we can go directly into the presence of God and do not need to go to a specific building in a specific location. But the Spiritual requirements here have remained the same in the New Testament.

Jesus said that if anyone would come after him that he must deny self, take up his cross daily, and follow him. And when Jesus took up his cross it was to put our sins to death. So we are to die to sin daily, and we are to follow our Lord in obedience. For if we hold on to our old lives of living in sin and for self, we will lose them for eternity. But if for Jesus’ sake we die to sin and live to his righteousness, then we have eternal life in him (Luke 9:23-26).

He also said that not everyone who says to him, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one DOING the will of God the Father who is in heaven. For many are going to stand before the Lord one day and claim that they did this or that in his name, and he is going to say to them, “I never knew you. Depart from me you workers of lawlessness,” because they refused to obey the Lord (see Matthew 7:21-23).

And then the apostle Paul taught that those who obey sin will die in their sins. But those who obey obedience to the Lord, their lives will end in eternal life with God. Those whose minds are set on the flesh and not on the Spirit will die in their sins. For to set the mind on the flesh is death. But to set the mind on the Spirit is life eternal. And he gave us several lists of sins whereby he declared that if sin is what we obey, and if sin is our practice, we will not inherit eternal life with God, regardless of what our lips profess.

[Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14; 1 Co 6:9-10; 2 Co 5:10; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-11]

And then the apostle John taught that if we say we are in fellowship with God while we still walk in sin, that we are liars. And if we claim to know God, but we do not obey his commandments under the New Covenant, we are liars. And he said that if we keep on sinning, if sin is what we practice, and if righteousness and obedience to our Lord are not what we practice, that we are not abiding in Christ, we don’t know him, and we are of the devil, and we are not born of God. But those who practice righteousness are those who are righteous in God’s sight (1 Jn 1:5-10; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10).

So, it is those whose deeds and whose hearts are spiritually and morally pure and clean in the sight of God, who are not liars and deceivers, and who do not live in sin, but who walk in obedience to the Lord who will receive blessing from the Lord and who will inherit eternal life with God.

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Blessed Be Your Name

by Matt Redman

In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness

When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering

Blessed be the name of the Lord

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

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