David wrote, “He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully” (Psalm 24:4).
Hands. Those who draw near to God must have “clean hands.” What monarch would have servants with filthy hands to wait at his table (cf, Mt. 15:2)? Clean hands refers to outward, practical holiness (Job 9:30; Psa. 18:20; Isa. 58:711). To wash in water with Pilate is nothing (Mt. 27:24), but to wash in innocency is all-important (Psa. 26:6).
They who were ceremonially unclean could not enter into the Lord’s house made with hands (Lev, 10:3; Heb. 12:28), much less shall the morally defiled be allowed to enjoy fellowship with the holy God. If our hands are unclean, let us wash them in Jesus’ blood (Heb. 10:22; Jas. 4:8; 1 Pet. 3:21), and so let us pray unto God, lifting up pure hands (I Tim. 2:8).
Hearts. “Clean hands” would not suffice, unless they were connected with a clean heart. True religion is heart-work. Jesus said, “The pure in heart shall see God” (Mt. 5:8; Psa. 5 1: 10; 73: 1; Gen. 6:5; Prov. 20:9; Jer. 4:14; Acts 15:9; 2 Cor. 7:1; Rev 21:1-4,27; 22:14, 15). We may wash the outside of the cup and the platter as long as we please, but if the inward parts are filthy, we are filthy altogether to God, for our hearts are more truly ourselves than our hands are (cf Mt. 23:26). We may lose our hands and yet live, but we could not lose our heart and still live. Dirt in the heart throws dust in the eyes.
Souls . “hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity. ” This seems to be a reference to worshiping idols (Psa. 25: 1; 143:8; Deut. 4:19; Ezek. 18:6, 15; Acts 14:15). Jehoshaphat lifted up his heart in the ways of the Lord (2 Chron. 17:6). He who is content with the husks will be reckoned with the swine (Lk. 15). Does the world satisfy me? Then I have my reward and my portion in this life (Lk. 15:12). All other glory is but a passing pageant, the painted pomp of an hour.
Tongues. “Nor sworn deceitfully…(Psa. 15:4; Jer. 5:2; 7:9, 10; Zec. 5:3, 4; Mal. 3:5; 1 Tim. 1: 10). False speaking-a false declaration, a fraudulent statement, a cooked account, a slander, a lie-will shut any man out of heaven, for a liar shall not enter into God’s house. God will have nothing to do with liars, except to cast them into the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8). Every liar is a child of the devil, and will be sent home to his father (Jn. 8:44).
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