"Cleansing & Forgiveness" - Thursday, June 23rd
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness, let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:6-10
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
In this week’s set of devotionals we are alternating back and forth between Psalm 32 and 51. There is a lot to learn about forgiveness from these two Psalms. Today’s Scripture picks up with the need for honesty when it says, “You desire truth in the innermost being.” When we freely open our innermost being to God, he will grant us the wisdom that clearly reveals the sinful failures for which we need his forgiveness. When we get to this spot, we can lift them up to God and like the Psalmist say words like, “Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
We can see that cleansing is very much a part of the forgiveness God extends to us. The Psalmist longs for all that forgiveness brings. He makes known his desire to be restored to a close and full relationship with God when he says, “make me to hear joy and gladness.” He makes known his desire to have his sinful failures taken out of the picture altogether when he says, “Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities.” He makes known his desire to be made completely right within when he says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” When we are willing to completely deal with sin, God is free to deal with it completely as well through an amazing work of forgiveness, cleansing, and deliverance.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, here I am seeking to be totally open and honest before you. Show me what I need to see. Help me to let you deal fully with what is revealed. I, too, long for full forgiveness, cleansing, and deliverance. I truly want to be “whiter than snow.” Amen!
Posted on Thu, June 23, 2016
by Alan Porter