Psalm 24 – A Word for Abusers

A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.

3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah 7 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah (Psa 24:1-10)

  • Clean hands = no blood on them = hands that do not do evil
  • A pure heart = a regenerated heart that now loves the Lord and loves His Word
  • Lift up one’s soul to what is false = to have affections for wickedness and lies rather than for the Lord and His truth
  • Swear deceitfully = well, it means just what it means. A bold-faced liar with no conscience

Sorry abusers. You don’t qualify. In fact, you flunk the text in every respect.

 

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