This psalm may have been written to celebrate moving the Ark of the Covenant from Obededom’s house to Jerusalem – 2 Samuel 6:10-12.
Tradition says that this psalm was sung on the first day of each week in the Temple services.
We focus today on the verses that tell who is worthy to join in such a celebration of worship.
Interact with God’s Word
- What qualifications are stated in verse 4 for being a worshipper whom God accepts?
- In what way would dishonesty contaminate a heart?
- What could complete truthfulness cost you in terms of entitlements, comfort level, or how you are perceived?
- How does deceiving others lead to self-deception?
- Why is God unable to hear you or speak to you if you are building a wall of self-deception?
- What is promised (v. 5) to those who keep their hands and hearts pure?
Spend Time in Prayer: Lord, I realize that unless I am absolutely honest, a relationship with You is impossible. Please help me to strip away all pretense in my life.
3Who may climb the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? 4Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies.
5They will receive the LORD’s blessing and have right standing with God their savior. 6They alone may enter God’s presence and worship the God of Israel.