And today’s word is …. Hands.
For the last few days, I have found myself questioning – questioning my parenting. Questioning the things which were important to me, that I clung to no matter what was happening in life.
Things like truth & character & integrity & morals & wisdom.
I have always tried to take the high road even when it has seemed to lead no where.
And I taught my children to do the same.
Yet life has been hard. Difficult. Throwing unexpected curve balls.
Have I been wise and right to remind them to continue to live with character and integrity in spite of the odds seeming to go against them?
How do you hold onto integrity when it seems like those with none always seem to get it all?
Have I failed to not instilling in them to be more aggressive, more conniving, to plot more? Should I have taught them it’s a dog eat dog world and be certain to be the stronger dog?
As I have sat wrestling these questions in the still of the night, it is then I remember ….
Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
Only those whose hands and heart are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies.
They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior.
Such people may seek you and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob.
(Psalm 24: 3-6, NLT)
You desire a people with pure hearts and hands who commit themselves fully to the Lord and the evidence is seen in their strength of character, transparency, and selflessness.
O Lord, help me, help them, to desire hands that are pure. May we uphold truth and stand for just ways. May our lives testify of You Who deposits character and integrity and ethics into Your people.
May we remember it is only then that we may stand in Your presence.
Only those whose hands and heart are pure.