Words from the Heart for Tuesday July 5th, 2016
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7 (NIV)
Sin creates a sense of inner filth that requires a deep cleansing. The blood of Jesus Christ is able to cleanse the most filthy stain of sin. Are there areas of your life that you need to confess? Ask for Christ’s forgiveness!
Many Canadians have spent time camping in our nation’s provincial and national parks. For most of us that is about as much ‘roughing it’ as we care to experience. But a Canadian company is tapping into a growing market – aging baby boomers and younger upscale consumers that want to explore some of Canada’s more remote regions without having to rough it very much. So Pure Canada works with existing accommodation providers to help provide sophisticated, stylish accommodation, food, guest amenities and softer adventure travel itineraries. The Pure Canada team consists of men and women who have years of experience in the hospitality business. Their goal is to build a world leading ecotourism brand for Canadian companies that work to provide a purely Canadian experience in some of our remote regions. It will be a far different experience than you would ever find in your local provincial park.
King David had blown it big time. He had allowed temptation to rule his life, committed adultery and in trying to cover up the whole sordid affair, had his mistress’s husband sent off to the front lines of the war where he was killed. And before long, as he must have predicted, God sent a man named Nathan to bring conviction to the king’s heart. And when the conviction came, David did the first right thing he had done for a while – he cries out in repentance and faith and asks for God to forgive and cleanse his heart. Psalm 51 is the perhaps the greatest proclamation of guilt and calling for spiritual restoration every recorded. David, in his brokenness before God, is brutally honest about his sin, and in Psalm 51:7 says, “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Hyssop is used in the Hebrew Scriptures as a symbol of God’s spiritual cleansing. On the first Passover, when the Israelites put the blood of the lamb on the doorpost, they brushed it on with hyssop – it was a sign of cleaning. So David cries out for the Lord to cleanse him with hyssop – to sprinkle the blood of the sacrificial lamb on his heart. When we have sinned, we need to cry out for cleansing as well – and the blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse us completely.
These have been words from the heart.