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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Standards


Ascending the mountain of the Lord is symbolic to coming in to His glorious presence. The psalmist instructs us on what is required by God to stand before Him. As sinners we have separated ourselves from a holy, pure, and righteous God.We must go through the "cleansing" process. 

Thanks to Jesus' atoning sacrifice on the cross our sins can be forgiven. You have probably sang the song inspired by this psalm as a request to God. Give us clean hands, give us a pure heart, and not let us lift our souls to another.
Pure hands represent our outer sins, things we do (and others can see) that dishonored God. Clean hearts deals with what goes on inside us (what others cannot see) our thoughts, feelings, forgiveness,etc. Our souls to an idol reminds us to keep the the first four commandments. We must keep God first and foremost in our hearts, minds, body, and soul. Love Him with all your being.
Make this your desire and song of your heart. Amen?
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it; 
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.
They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    
who seek your face, God of Jacob. - 
Psalm 24