♣ A Heart Cleansed From Sin

“…Cleanse me from my sin!” – Psalm 51:2

As Christians, have we not often, in our confession of sin, laid the emphasis upon being forgiven the wrong rather than recognising that the issue lies inwardly? “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within…” (Mark 7:21-23). How often we justify our wrongs, our sin and our conduct – due to bad circumstances, ill treatment, ill health or tiredness. All the circumstances have done is not produce evil as such, but rather – drawn what is already deep-seated within each one of us.

It is not our ‘sins’ that need cleansing but our hearts. No wonder David said, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” David couldn’t renew his heart as much as cause his own birth! No amount of moral ethics and the outward keeping of the Law could restore peace with God; “…This people draws near with their mouth and honour Me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me…” (Isaiah 29:13). David was brought to a place of being scrupulous in the light of God: “Behold, You delight in truth in the inward being.”

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” David was the problem; the evil already lurked in his heart well before Bathsheba showed up on the scene, and God knew it. And for anyone of us to tut at David means we’ve received no revelation of the depravity of our own hearts.

Oswald Chambers, as a Christian, went through a period, almost lasting five years, known as ‘The Dark Night of the Soul’. In that duration, while he was ministering to many souls who came to salvation; was looked upon as a bright and leading example to many – Oswald was made acutely aware of his own capability in committing the most vice behaviour anyone could possibly commit; that is a revelation of seeing your own heart for what it really is. From that moment on he never despaired of any non-Christian man or woman – no matter how depraved they were living – but saw them as great recipients of God’s transforming grace.

David was made intensely aware of the wickedness and deceitfulness of his own heart, while knowing that a broken and contrite heart was a true sacrifice that God would not despise; a condition where God’s eager cleansing of the heart restored the joy of his salvation.

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Posted on July 20, 2012, in ♣ Devotional and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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