The Way Back (Psalm 51), Part VII

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Psalm 51:7

The fifty-first Psalm is one of my favorite Psalms and one of my favorite chapters in the Bible.  It is the song and prayer of David’s confession after his sins of adultery with Bathsheeba and subsequent murder of her husband, Uriah.  In my opinion, this chapter is the best example in the Bible of a prayer of a true penitent.  If we ever find ourselves having sinned, this is the chapter that shows us “the way back to God.”  We will take a couple of weeks and look at it verse by verse.

In verse seven, David gets to the heart of the matter of forgiveness.  When we talk about forgiveness, what we really need is the Lord’s forgiveness.  We can ask for the forgiveness of others, and often we should.  We can even “forgive ourselves,” but we are usually pretty quick to do that.  When we find ourselves sinning, what we really need is the Lord’s forgiveness.

David said here that he wants the Lord to “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”  When we are stained with sin, only the Lord can cleanse us from it.  He is the only One with the answers.  He is the only One Who can truly forgive and cleanse.

We can try to clean ourselves up all we want.  It’s not going to do any good.  Many people sin and feel bad about it, so they will try to be extra good or extra nice to make up for it.  But that doesn’t wash that stain of sin away.  Only the blood of Jesus can do that.  David says that if the Lord will wash him, he will “be whiter than snow.”  So will we.  True forgiveness comes only from Him.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you , Ben, for showing us how nothing else will work on our sins, but HIS forgiveness. It brings to mind home-made concoctions. . .they might work on our clothes but not our sins. God bless you! This series is wonderful . . so glad you are doing it!

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