Issue #609 ~ April 27, 2020

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I Have a Clean Heart for Worship
"I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O Lord,"
Psalm 26:6

"proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds."
Psalm 26:7
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Verse 6: "I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O Lord,"

The Psalmist is focusing on the reality of the situation. That is, we must constantly be working at forgiveness and fellowship by addressing issues in our lives if we are going to be able to have the confidence and say the things David has spoken back in verses 1 - 3.

There are 2 things here in verse 6: (1) Forgiveness - "I wash my hands in innocence and (2) Fellowship - "I...go about your altar, O Lord."

Isaiah 1:18: "'Come now, let us reason together,' says the Lord. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool'" (NIV).

Psalm 51:2: "Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin" (NIV).

Psalm 51:7: "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow" (NIV).

Psalm 25:7: "Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord" (NIV).

Psalm 24:3 - 4: "Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false" (NIV).

C. S. Lewis said: "When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less."

Verse 7: "proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds."

Now here in verse 7 we have the Psalmist's testimony and thanksgiving. His testimony: "[He is] proclaiming aloud your praise." His thanksgiving: "[He is] telling of all your wonderful deeds."

He is magnifying the Lord and lifting Him up in praise and adoration by telling the great things He has done for him. If could be translated "the things done wonderfully."

I Samuel 12:24: "But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you" (NIV).

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.   Pray:  Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice...
Isaiah 1:16,17a (NASB)
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2.   Pray:  Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, That you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts lodge within you?
Jeremiah 4:14 (NASB)
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3.   Praise:  Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Psalm 96:2 (NASB)
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4.   Pray:  We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.
Colossians 1:28 (NASB)
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5.  Praise: Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the nations, And I will sing praises to Your name. 2 Samuel 22:50 (NASB)
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6.   Praise:  Thanksgiving to God for His many blessings in this difficult time.

I would love for us to conclude our worship this morning by singing that hymn of accountability and the awareness we will meet Him face to face.
"Face to Face":
Face to face with Christ, my Savior, Face to face, what will it be?
When with rapture I behold Him, Jesus Christ who died for me.

What rejoicing in His presence, When are banished grief and pain;
When the crooked ways are straightened, And the dark things shall be plain.

Face to face! O blissful moment! Face to face, to see and know;
Face to face with my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, Who loves me so.
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Face to face I shall behold Him, Far beyond the starry sky;
Face to face in all His glory, I shall see Him by and by!
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)  

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