Words from the Heart for Thursday June 1st, 2017
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Psalm 51:2-3 (NKJV)
Cleanse Me From My Sin
Guilt and regret can bring great distress into life. People will go to great lengths to either try to cover up their sinful choices or desperately try to make themselves forget. The Lord has made a far better provision for us. When we repent and call upon Him He can wash us thoroughly. This is far better than trying to make excuses for our mistakes. He can remove all of our sins.
In 1994, employees and volunteers at the Vancouver Aquarium decided to clean up a beach in Stanley Park to protect the city’s shorelines. From that first cleanup, the program expanded across British Columbia and by 1997, 400 volunteers were participating in the Great BC Beach Cleanup at 20 sites. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup became a national conservation initiative in 2002 and cleanups started appearing in every province and territory. By 2003, more than 20,000 volunteers were taking part. Public support grew as Canadians became more aware of the harmful effects of shoreline litter on ecosystems, wildlife and people. In 2010, the Vancouver Aquarium began delivering the program with WWF Canada, a strong partnership that continues today. The Shoreline Cleanup is now recognized as one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada.
There is nothing so refreshing as a hot shower after a hard day’s work. It washes the dirt and grime away and seems to refresh the whole body. While this is true physically, it takes more than hot water in order to be cleansed spiritually. In fact, our sins put us into hot water with God, who cannot simply ignore our sin and guilt. He is the perfectly just God of the universe, and the Bible tells us that He cannot simply ignore our sin. So He sent Jesus to bear the punishment our sin deserves by dying in our place on the Cross. Because of His sacrifice, we can call upon Him for cleansing and forgiveness. Even though David lived centuries before Jesus set foot on earth, he understood grace and so cries out to God in Psalm 51:2-3: “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” David had committed the sins of adultery and murder. God had confronted him through Nathan the prophet, and David had responded in repentance and faith. When faced with his sin, David poured his heart out to God and God did as David knew he would – He forgave David and cleansed Him from his sin. David is not alone. God will do the same for anyone who, when convicted of sin, repents and seeks God forgiveness. This is the good news of the Gospel!
These have been words from the heart.