The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up their soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He or she will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Psalm 24:4-5 ESV
How many times do you think you have sanitized your hands since the start of COVID-19? If you are like me, it will be numerous times! We have multiple stations in our clinic with hand sanitizers and as soon as someone comes in: they must sanitize their hands. We are so very conscious of the importance of clean hands to avoid spreading the virus.
I was reminded of Psalm 24 as I considered clean hands. The Lord has said those with clean hands and a pure heart, and who do not trust in an idol or swear by a false god, will receive a blessing from the Lord.
As we physically wash our hands to keep them physically clean, we can be reminded that clean hands are also a symbol of our spiritual condition. When we look at our hands, and clean them, we can consider if we are doing the right thing in God’s eyes and cleaning away anything that should not be there. Are we being gracious? Are we helping the poor and needy? Are we being careful with our words and or actions? Is there anything that the Lord would consider to be unclean in our thoughts, words, actions and/or reactions?
What blessing would we be to others, if every time we physically cleansed our hands, we asked God to cleanse us? If we asked Him to reveal to us where our hands (or thoughts, or words or actions) were not acceptable to Him? If each time we washed our hands, we asked Him to wash us spiritually and cleanse us from anything that is not pleasing to Him?
This week, when you are at work, at home, at the store or wherever you are, do not just clean your hands physically. Every time you wash your hands, take that moment to ask God to also cleanse you of anything that needs to be cleansed. Maybe you know what it is: may you do not. However, God knows. Just ask Him.
Have a great week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work