Clean Hands (Psalm 24 – 25)

Psalm 24 is an ode to the greatness of God and the way man can approach Him.  It begins with the famous lines:  “The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.”  David then goes on to ask,

Psalm 24:3–5 (NKJV)

3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive blessing from the LORD,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

This is the heart of the thoughts about God and man, which then turns to an admonition to worship God and serve Him:

Psalm 24:7–9 (NKJV)

7 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.

This oft-quoted psalm gives us a wonderful picture of God’s awesome power and holiness and His willingness to have fellowship with man.

Psalm 25 then moves into David’s prayer to God, which begins with his pledge to trust God and his cry to God to give him victory over his enemies.  He then asks the Lord to continue showing him His ways, teaching him how to live.  He continues to extol the greatness of God and his desire to know Him in a deeper and more meaningful way.

David has a unique relationship with the Lord.  He lifted up God’s goodness and sought for His approval and help.  We can learn from David.  His heartfelt praise of His maker, and his humility and hunger for God are examples of a life lived in pursuit of God.  Follow him and know your Lord.

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