I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O LORD,proclaiming thanksgiving aloud,and telling all your wondrous deeds. Psalm 28.6-7
Happiness unmitigated by guilt. Joy fueled by acceptance and security. These are true heart cries of all people. We latch on to whatever seems to provide even a whiff of these evasive treasures. At the end of the day, happiness is fleeting, guilt reemerges, acceptance is out of reach, and security is not realized.
However, the writer in this Psalm knew of these things. He experienced them in the assembly of believers. It was to be the heart cry of the covenant people as they assembled together to exult in the goodness of God’s grace and mercy. This exultation was sourced in a heart that believed and experienced the truth of the Word of God.
When I read this Psalm I identify and smile.
I can identify with the longing and even the experience. No, as Christians we do not have a temple or even an altar.
However, we have the Savior who did not go into an earthly temple but a heavenly one! (Heb. 9.24-25)
Therefore, my security, acceptance, and joy is procured by a better priest, with a better sacrifice, in a better temple.
As Christians we are united to Christ! Therefore, our hands go in innocence around the altar of God, as they are dipped and cleansed in the laver of Christ’s merit. We are proclaiming, we are preaching the wondrous deeds of God for us in Christ!
What a heart stirring, joy evoking, mind boggling truth this gospel is! Because of Christ we are graced to know and experience forgiveness, joy, acceptance, and security.