It is an endearing scene when a raccoon looks to be washing his hands! Perhaps the raccoon has better hygiene than some humans! Does he care that his hands (and food) are clean? One would not think so when seeing him rummage through filthy garbage. In fact, this little guy has poor eyesight and needs to wet his food in order to “see” it better. What is so surprising is that even without water they mimic washing in the air!
Today, we are reminded constantly to do what we should have been doing all along; wash our hands. Today’s verse also speaks of washing the hands, not in water but in innocence. The hands washed in innocence are contrasted to the hands of the sinners (verse 10). Their hands are full of bribes and wicked schemes. But the hands washed in innocence belong to the one whose heart is pure (Psalm 73:13). And these hands can be innocent because of God’s gift of grace through His Son’s sacrifice. Once our hands were dirty, but now we are washed by Christ (I Cor. 6:11).
It is only because of His washing that I can approach God’s altar or presence. My feeble attempts to clean myself up first have no affect. The stain of sin is too deep and pervasive. But because of Jesus I can be viewed in God’s eyes as innocent. He took on Himself all the guilt of my dirty hands. My hands can now be lifted up in praise, folded together in prayer and open to give and to serve Him.
Thank you Lord, for hands cleansed of wrong doing.