Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully. (Psalm 24:3-4)
In Psalm 24, the man with “clean hands and a pure heart” is a man of integrity. Jesus borrowed from the language of this Psalm when He says...
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man. (Matthew 15:19-20)T
What is an impure heart?
1. A heart that has a DECEITFUL and DEVIOUS mind
2. A heart that CHERISHES sin
3. A heart that MEDITATES upon unwholesome intentions.
Therefore, The man with a pure heart does not HARBOR deceit, malice, or immorality in his mind. He will receive a pure revelation of God, as it says, “The upright will behold His face” (Psalm 11:7), and “I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake” (Psalm 17:15). The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us to pursue “the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
Dear one…. The “Pure in Heart will see the Lord”! This is good news for the pure in heart, but what about the rest of us? The LORD says that, in these last days, “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses … I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you” (Ezekiel 36:25-26). Then “the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isaiah 40:5).
Beloved, our prayer should be… Lord… make me pure in heart!
[condensed and re-written ffoz edrash]