20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me. Psalm 18:20
All of us can recall the many times we’ve come in the house as children and our mother said, “Wash your hands!” By now it should be a habit for many of us and a practice that we have implemented in our homes with our own children. The same responsibility we have in the natural to washing our hands can be applied to our spiritual lives. What does it mean to have clean hands? The psalmist says that the Lord has rewarded him according to the cleanness of his hands. Think about it – when your hands are clean of a situation, it means that you are clear of any fault or that you have done all you could to ease a situation. We reply all the time, “My hands are clean!” We are stating that our motives were pure, our conscience is clear, we are not guilty of any infraction.
Verse 20 is a very interesting verse. It begins by stating that the Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness. This is a strange dichotomy considering that the Word also tells us that our righteousness is as filthy rags and we know that we are only made righteous through Christ Jesus. But the psalmist in the remaining verses tells us why his hands are clean: because he has kept the way of the Lord, he has kept himself from sin, he has not turned away from the Lord. In all of our situations, in all of the issues of life that lie before us, we must keep our hands clean. We can’t do the same things the world does. We can’t tear other people down with our tongues, we can’t cheat on our taxes, we can’t compromise our faith. We must keep our hands clean. We must flee from sin and walk in the way of the Lord. We must choose His way at every turn.
Are your hands clean? Take a look at your present situation, your current circumstances, check yourself and find out what part you are playing. Are your fingerprints all over the scene or are your hands clean? Remember, God will reward you according to the cleanness of your hands.
c/Candie A. Price