Psalm 24:3-7 King James Version (KJV)
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
There are four main points here that the Lord requires to those who would like to be in the ministry of worship and prayer. Verse 4 enumerated these four right attitudes that pleases God.
Let me just give you a background of the “hill of the Lord” in verse 3. It was first mentioned in Genesis 22 when Abraham was instructed to worship God in the hill of the Lord in Moriah (Genesis 22). From this mountain, Abraham was challenged to offer to God the most importance and valuable offering in his life that was Isaac. We knew the story very well that Abraham passed the test of God. He was willing to offer Isaac and yet he believed that God will provide a lamb offering instead of his son.
Patriarchs, judges, prophets and kings of Israel in the Old Testament time practiced this building of altar in the hill top and worship God aside from the holy place which the Lord instructed them to meet God in the Tent of meeting and eventually in the temple of God built by Solomon.
The psalmist is telling us that the context of these verses in Psalm 24 is worship. Nowadays in our Church there are people who are called to perform this ministry in leading the people of God in corporate worship. They have to observe these requirements in order to do this ministry effectively and well pleasing to God.
We can consider also these requirements as individual worshipper to ensure that our worship unto God is a sweet aroma of worship, holy and acceptable living worship to God.
The requirement to have a clean hands.
What does it mean to have clean hands? Our hands doing the works for our living to provide for our family. How do you use your hands in your occupation? Is it an instrument to promote good or evil? Of course being in the good side, we have to use our hands to promote good and welfare of many people. If your occupation is promoting evil doings, you have to leave that occupation and find the right one for you.
As we raise our clean hands to God, we surrender our will to Him and commit our ways to promote the goodness of God and to eliminate evil doings.
The requirement to have a pure heart.
Jeremiah 17:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? The heart of man is deceitful.
The Bible says that the heart is deceitful and from it comes many issues of life so you have to guard it. Our heart is the one connecting with God. He cannot tolerate corrupt and evil thoughts from a worshipping person. The prayer of King David to God was to give him a clean heart.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me; [Prov. 15:29; 28:9; Isa. 1:15; John 9:31; James 4:3.]
We have to confess our sins and ask for the forgiveness of God. Our heart must be cleansed by the blood of Jesus and be clothed with His righteousness so that we can be acceptable to enter into the Presence of the Almighty God as His worshipper.
The requirement to live a humble and simple life.
Verse 4 …who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity,
What is pride and vanity?
Pride is a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
Vanity is excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements.
In order to understand the difference between the two, one should keep in mind that vanity is excessive pride in something about which one is vain and pride is a mere high opinion of one’s own dignity and importance. In other words, pride is the opposite of shame while vanity is the opposite of humility.
Is Pride positive or negative?
A prideful person is defined in the negative way as one that has an unduly high opinion of oneself. It is one who is arrogant and one who seems haughty. But pride also has a positive side — when a person has dignity and self-respect.
How does pride affect a person?
Humans don’t respond well to being put down, and pride gives others that feeling with its “better than you” implications. Humility has the opposite effect. … If you have a lot of pride, you might even refuse to communicate, which is the worst relationship blunder a person can make.
How can you relate this to God?
The humble will always seek God and submit himself to God. The prideful person will not seek God and will not submit himself to God. He will walk in his own ways and pursue his own plans by his own. Are you heading on to this road of vanity? You should not, the end of this road is destruction because Satan wants you to be like him who rebelled against God.
The requirement to walk in integrity.
Verse 4 …nor sworn deceitfully – means do not lie, do not deceive people, do not give a false promise. You have to be true with your words and action. We must live a life with integrity.
What is integrity?
Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
What is integrity in a person?
Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values. … The word integrity evolved from the Latin adjective integer, meaning whole or complete.
How can you relate this to God?
Your obedience to walk with God and do His will is a display of your integrity. What you have learned from God must be transformed into your words and action. God is not a liar, so you as His child should not live in pretension but you should live in the integrity of God.
The life of a worshipper is a living sacrifice, and worship is not just confine with your singing and rejoicing but your whole self is being presented to God committing yourself to live a holy life as your true worship unto God. Though not perfect yet but through seeking the will of God and doing it, you are being transformed daily by the renewing of your mind and not conforming to the pattern of this world.
Romans 12:1-2 New International Version (NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.