One day I stumbled upon a Psalm in the Bible which reminded me of some verses in the book of James because of the reference made in both sets of verses to “clean hands” and “pure hearts”. In Psalm 24, the psalmist tells us how the Lord desires our hands to be clean and our hearts to be pure. In James, we are told to “cleanse” our hands and to “purify” our hearts. Why the reference to our hands and hearts?
I believe the Lord is speaking to us concerning our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Specifically that He wants us clean and pure IN WHAT WE THINK, IN HOW WE FEEL, and IN HOW WE ACT!
Amazing how we as humans are so quick to wash our hands and clothes and cars and blankets and dishes and houses and dogs and offices and businesses and such but how quickly and easily we may neglect to do the most important cleaning of all. Of our hearts, words, and actions. So that we are pleasing to the Lord. So we are clean vessels for Him to live inside and to live through to bring glory to His name!
Friend, let us cleanse ourselves regularly. Let us strive to have clean and pure thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. For the glory of Christ, oh yes!
“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.” Psalms 24:3-5
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1