by Christina Farris
1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar. The renewal of the heart, the cleansing of the soul. Repentance for salvation might be once, but the cleansing of the soul after salvation must come yearly, monthly, weekly and even daily. The reason being our humanity causes us to stumble and to fall in the world we live in. Our strive is to live in the life pleasing to God. The guilt and sting of sin in our life after and even before salvation draws us to our knees upon understanding what sin truly is. To hurt ourselves, another, and God almighty is sin. To have caused the reason Christ came in the flesh. To know our disobedience is the reason. Yet the only way is to have God purge our sin from us through the gift of His Son. Christ on the cross was given a sponge with hyssop/medical herb to numb the pain, but refused it. It is much like an alcoholic drowning in drunkness to get rid of the pain of sin, only to wake once more with pain never going. Christ is the only one that can take away our pain in our soul from our sin. Christ is the only one that can heal our diseases. He the only one can take away our guilt of sin in our soul. It does not make our sin less wrong when He takes it away but through his death he burries it and brings us into life and new hope.
Through Christ suffering every time we sin he continues to purge our sin from our life after salvation. Our cry and desire needs to be create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in me and cast me not away from thy presence and not your Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of my salvation and uphold me with thy free spirit. When we come humbly to the Lord desiring to be rid of sin, to be healed of our sin, God is willing to heal our iniquity. He willing to cleanse our heart and our soul. After salvation the need to seek God in our every day life is important for that right relationship with Him. Our protection is through Christ who redeemed us knowing our humanity and our weakness, giving us his Spirit to be overcomers of sin thru Christ suffering on the cross. The purging of sin that comes after salvation is that purging that must come within the inner man when we fail to live up to the ways of God or even the ways of man.
Remember Christ came to redeem us to give us new hope of first salvation and then giving us the ability to live for God, because we asked for his help not only to redeem, but to purify our soul on this earth. Christ purification continues and sometimes we need hyssop that came with the cross to remember the cost. We need that understanding of His suffering for us. That pain he bore for us. It enables to live for the glorified resurrected Lord. To know the healing came when he return for us and will return again. HIs love for us not keeping him in the grave, but rising again to say I love you still, despite the pain.
Dear Heavenly Father, purge us with the healing balm of your love for us through the resurrection. The healing balm that you did not turn away from us, but you came back so we know you loved us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Romans 3:23-26 KJV