Purge Them Away

Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.

Psalm 65:3

I never cease to be amazed at the mercy and grace of God.  David says here that “iniquities prevail against me”.  I don’t know about you, but that seems to be me some days.  There are some times that, in my spirit, I just groan the words from Romans 7:24, “O wretched man that I am!  who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”  Iniquities seem to prevail against me more often than not.  I want to hate sin.  I want to be rid of it in my life.  But sometimes it just seems to “prevail against me”.  And, when it does, the Old Accuser whispers in my ear, “it’s over for you.  There is no more grace.  There is no more mercy.  Just throw in the towel and be done with it.  Give up, you’ll never do right”.  It’s sometimes easy to see our iniquities getting the better of us.

But the verse doesn’t end there.  It ends with “as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away”.  The answer to Paul’s (and my) question “who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” is simply this: Jesus Christ.  He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  He is the only one able to purge our transgressions.  He alone is able to “subdue our iniquities”, in the words of Micah.  

Not only can He purge our iniquities- David says here that He “shalt purge them away”.  He will purge our iniquities. Our sins may be too much for us to handle, but they are not too much for Him to handle.  They may prevail against us, but they will most certainly not prevail against Him. 

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”. ~I John 4:4  What an encouraging truth!

7 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Ben,
    Very good study point this morning. I can totally relate to the helpless feeling of having sin tied to my ankle like a concrete block and then being thrown off of a pier. Knowing my sin and weaknesses, and praying daily to God to guard me against my sin weaknesses, yet still sometimes succunbing anyway, I can relate to that line “it’s over for you. There is no more grace. There is no more mercy”. But it has no hold on us, as is mentioned in your next scripture, “because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”. Great lesson, God Bless
    Jim Travis

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    • Thanks for the encouragement. I like the image of sin being like a concrete block tied around my ankle. I just can’t seem to get rid of it, but I suppose that’s just the old sinful flesh that I won’t fully get rid of until I get to Heaven. “Greater is He…” is a verse I have used often.
      God bless,
      Ben

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      • There is a MercyMe song called Undone that says “To the Cross I run, holding high my chains undone. Now I am finally free, free to be what I’ve become. Undone.” It gives me hope that I can overcome those chains. Peace, Linda

  2. Ben, I love this post! My favorite line is the realization and promise you share: “They may prevail against us, but they will most certainly not prevail against Him.” What a comfort that is. Peace, Linda

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    • Thanks, Linda. That is quite an encouraging thought. And thinking that makes me long even more for the day when I will be with Him and I won’t have to deal with this sinful flesh any more!
      In Christ,
      Ben

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  3. I love that same line as Linda! And what an encouragement this was to my soul. It’s at the end of a rather hard day, one where I messed up some and I am ready to be purged. So, so glad that He is greater . . .the greatest! 🙂 God bless you, Ben! And thanks!

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