Manna in the Morning A Pure Heart

May 6, 2009

Manna in the Morning

05-07-09

Psalms 24:3-4, “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 has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully.”

            Davis asks a rhetorical question in this passage, querying who is able to approach the Lord God Almighty and will be able to stand in His presence filled with the Spirit of pure Holiness?  Because of our standing in the Family of God we are able to go before the throne of our God, being seen as wrapped in the righteousness of Jesus, God the Son.  Our Heavenly Father has promised to accept us into His presence because of the sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary.

            The Psalmist answers his own question by stating the one who has clean hands, that is, one who has no attributed sin, whose actions, though sinful, have been fully forgiven; one who has a pure heart.  A heart that does not harbor evil thoughts or continuously entertain sinful imaginations.  In Psalm 19, David prays that the words of his mouth and the meditations of his heart, his thought life, would always be acceptable in the eyes of his God.  In the time in which we live today, evil imaginations or sinful thoughts are constantly driven by the entertainment industry; even commercials are centered on making one’s self more seductive and physically attractive.  Not only do sexual images abound, we are also encouraged to engage in instant gratification in every area of our lives.

            The last qualification for entering into the presence of our Almighty God is to understand and have a great respect for truth, never lying or bearing false witness not just in a formal court, but in everyday conversation.  Jesus said he was absolute Truth and we who love Him have reverence for truth, knowing that our great adversary is the father of lies.  God our Heavenly Father demands truth, a pure heart and a repentant heart that has been forgiven by God.  Our gracious Heavenly Father, we come to You in the name and righteousness of Jesus, asking You to direct our paths this day and through Your power, keeping our minds and hearts pure and clean.

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