“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 24:3-5

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in His holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
and vindication from the God of their salvation.

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– Psalm 24:3-5 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in His holy place?

For us to enter into communion with the Lord in worship,

we should first look inside ourselves,

examine our conscience,

acknowledge our iniquities – our weaknesses –

and ask God for His mercy and forgiveness.

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Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in His holy place?

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For us to enter into communion with the Lord in worship,

we must, firstly, have “clean hands and pure hearts”.

“Hands” and “hearts” refer to both action and intention.

The whole of the human being

should basically turn toward God and His law.

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The second requisite is that we “do not lift up [our] souls to what is false.”

In other words,

we must not embrace or give attention to any possible form of idolatry.

An idol is anything that replaces the one, true God.

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Our modern idols are many and varied.

Even for those who do not bow physically before a statue,

idolatry is what reigns in our heart

— pride, self-centeredness, greed, gluttony,

a love for possessions and ultimately rebellion against God.

Is it any wonder that God hates it?

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The third and last requisite deals with relations with others:

do not swear deceitfully”.

Our personal, social and commercial relationships

must be based on sincerity, justice and uprightness

and there should be no place for deceit

– only truth and love.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord God, have mercy on me,

absolve me from my sins, and bless me!

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