During “Coffee with the Lord” this morning I was reminded… I need cleansing! More than just a surface cleansing (like you’d clean a window or a dish – or even like when you wash your hands or take a bath or shower)! I need “inside-out cleansing” – a complete purification! A cleansing that happens when a purifying agent enters an material and acts within it to drive out all impurities!
That’s is what David prayed for in Psalm 51 … and that is what I want! Clean mind! Pure heart! Right motives! This is how David expressed it (read it from the NET Bible in a fresh way…)
“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your loyal love! Because of your great compassion, wipe away my rebellious acts! Wash away my wrongdoing! Cleanse me of my sin! For I am aware of my rebellious acts; I am forever conscious of my sin. Against you—you above all—I have sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. So you are just when you confront me; you are right when you condemn me. Look, I was guilty of sin from birth, a sinner the moment my mother conceived me. Look, you desire integrity in the inner man; you want me to possess wisdom. Sprinkle me with water and I will be pure; wash me and I will be whiter than snow. Grant me the ultimate joy of being forgiven! … Hide your face from my sins! Wipe away all my guilt! Create for me a pure heart, O God! Renew a resolute spirit within me! Do not reject me! Do not take your Holy Spirit away from me! Let me again experience the joy of your deliverance! Sustain me by giving me the desire to obey! … Certainly you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it; you do not desire a burnt sacrifice. The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit— O God, a humble and repentant heart you will not reject! (from Psalm 51 (NET Bible)
That’s my prayer today (not because I’ve done anything overtly evil – I just need it… I need it often)! David’s words have become mine! I want to be clean “inside-out” … The “washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit!” (Titus 3:5) The “washing of water by His word!” (Ephesians 5:26); The cleansing power of His blood! The sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit! My repentance! My acknowledgement (i.e. “confession”) of sin! His cleansing… inside and out!