Plea for a clean heart filled with joy

Psalm 51:7-8

Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

David requested purity from God. God had prescribed hyssop to be used to sprinkle blood during sacrificial rituals [Exodus 12:22; Hebrews 9:19]. So, when David wrote, purify me with hyssop, he was asking God to make him pure and clean from his sin. David was confessing that he was unclean because of sin, and he was asking God to make him pure again.

What David requested, God provided in the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross. Jesus died the death that people deserve because of sin. When we put our faith in Him as Savior, the blood of His sacrifice is sprinkled over our sin or exchanged for our sin [2 Corinthians 5:21]. We are reborn and Christ lives in us. As His disciples we have the ability to live pure lives because of His presence in us.  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  [1 John 1:9] As disciples, when we confess, God forgives and cleanses.

Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.

David asks for joy and gladness to return in his life as a result of being forgiven. The Lord will produce the same result in our lives as we keep short accounts regarding unforgiven sin. Don’t let unconfessed sin go beyond a day, not like David’s waiting nearly a year.

We should confess and repent as soon as the Holy Spirit convicts us of a sin. Joy and gladness will return in the disciple’s life as a result of being forgiven.

Henry Luke 8/10/21017

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