MUSINGS – May 17 2018


Psalm 24: 3-6

“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.”

The psalmist asks and answers the question of who can go to the holy place of God. His first answer, the one who has clean hands. These are hands that are kept clean* from the evils of this world and this earthly body. His second answer is the one who has a pure heart**, a heart not corrupted by lust, self-centeredness, and greed. The final answer is to not follow false idols. The idols of this world are many, power, wealth, and self are high on the list of present day idols.**** Sports figures and entertainment stars are often more revered and sought after more than the Lord our God.

I also find it interesting that the psalmist uses the phrase “God of Jacob” rather than the God of Israel. Jacob the supplanter, the one who takes by trickery that which was not his own.

It appears to me that none are righteous, no not one.***

Who then can stand in that holy place? The answer is found in Hebrews 9:14 “The blood of Christ, who had no defect, does even more. Through the eternal Spirit he offered himself to God and cleansed our consciences from the useless things we had done. Now we can serve the living God.”

So here is my question for you today:

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?

Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?

Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?

Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?” (Are You Washed in the Blood? – by Elisha A. Hoffman 1878)


*Isaiah 1:15-16

**Proverbs 23:7 & Matthew 5:27-28

***Romans 3:10-12

****Psalm 135:15


All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams

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