Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Deep Cleansing!

King David was one of the greatest men who ever lived. Yet, he made a few horrible mistakes in his lifetime.  He committed murder, adultery and lived a lie after his affair with Bathsheba.  David had an affair Bathsheba and had her husband Uriah killed a result of the affair.  Eventually, David’s friend and prophet, Nathan, confronted David about his sin.  Psalm 51 describes David’s heartfelt confession and sincere repentance to God for his sins.  David pled to God for mercy, forgiveness, and heart cleansing. God answered David’s cry for help by giving him deep heart cleansing from the inside out.

God can forgive any sin! Psalm 51 teaches us that we can always go to God and ask for His forgiveness. God can and will forgive your sin. Like David, we can ask God to give us a deep cleansing from within (Psalm 51:7) by cleansing our hearts and spirits. Good and godly lives can come only from a clean heart and spirit from God. So, ask God for a deep and thorough cleansing to create a pure heart and spirit within you.

Although God forgives our sins, God does not always remove the natural consequences of our sin.  Sadly, David's life and family suffered damages as a result of his sins (see 2 Samuel 12:1-23). Yet, God restored to David the joy and inner happiness of a right relationship with God after his plead for mercy and forgiveness.

1 God, be merciful to me because you are loving. Because you are always ready to be merciful, wipe out all my wrongs. 2 Wash away all my guilt and make me clean again. 3 I know about my wrongs, and I can’t forget my sin. 4 You are the only one I have sinned against; I have done what you say is wrong. You are right when you speak and fair when you judge. 5 I was brought into this world in sin. In sin my mother gave birth to me. 6 You want me to be completely truthful, so teach me wisdom. 7 Take away my sin, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Make me hear sounds of joy and gladness; let the bones you crushed be happy again. 9 Turn your face from my sins and wipe out all my guilt. 10 Create in me a pure heart, God, and make my spirit right again. 11 Do not send me away from You or take Your Holy Spirit away from me. 12 Give me back the joy of Your salvation. Keep me strong by giving me a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach Your ways to those who do wrong, and sinners will turn back to You. 14 God, save me from the guilt of murder, God of my salvation, and I will sing about your goodness. 15 Lord, let me speak so I may praise You. 16 You are not pleased by sacrifices, or I would give them. You don’t want burnt offerings. 17 The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin. 18 Do whatever good you wish for Jerusalem. Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then you will be pleased with right sacrifices and whole burnt offerings, and bulls will be offered on your altar.
Psalms 51:1-19 (NCV).

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