♣ In His Light
“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin… wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” – Psalm 51:2, 7.
THANK GOD WE are already clean for being in Christ; we are already justified and the great work that God has commenced within us will most certainly be brought to completion. We not only have the promise, as John stated in his first epistle chapter one and verse nine, that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, but also to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This promise is inclusive of the present and future as well as the past; we all need ongoing cleansing.
Our acceptance by God and more so our adoption to Him can never grow stronger or weaken; no amount of our faithfulness or faithlessness to Him can alter that; it is as perfect and secure as when we shall see Him face to face.
That being said, we all, as believers, need continued cleansing and far more than we are aware of, but God sees it all and saw it all before we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of this world was spoken into being; when Christ gave Himself to bear the wrath of God in our place, every sin we would commit after our moments of being made alive in Christ was fully answered and atoned for that fully disarms our accuser.
Recall King David’s ignorance in his sin, which most commentators believe lasted for a duration of a year. David was blind – a man after God’s own heart – to his own sin, but God had reserved great mercy for him and we see the result of that in Psalm 51. Oftentimes we are prone to thinking we are just doing alright and a sense of self-righteousness can rear its head. We are good at elevating as well as condemning ourselves, but God, eternally rich in mercy, always leads us in His paths of righteousness – paths of balance.
Our own standards of what we feel is clean is a deception until God shows otherwise. A person may surface clean an object that may look satisfying to the eye, but in the right light all the blemishes come shockingly to sight. More abrasive cleaners are required.
Arthur Neil once referred to a well-known statement, “Actions speak louder than words”, but then added, “…motives speak louder than either.” How often our motives are hidden from our sight and what we deem good in our own eyes is an abhorrence in God’s. David penned the words in Psalm 36:9 “In Your light do we see light.” and it is there we see absolutely everything in its truest and purest form.
Thank God we have Him as our Father who cares to not look over our sins, hidden or disclosed, but in tender mercy – even though coming across harsh at times – will have us look at them full in the face, not to drive us into the dirt and despair but to know His thorough cleansing that sings of restoration – not restoration in our relationship to Him (that is forever fixed) but in enjoying our walk with Him.
When God cleanses we can walk with Him as being held blameless before heaven, earth and hell, to where the Scriptures state, “Who or where is the one to condemn?” God is the One who would be just to condemn, but if God doesn’t condemn, who else is there in the whole of creation to bring a pointing finger against us? No, when God cleanses it goes beyond the language of being whiter than snow; it is as bright as the light of God where heaven’s angels have to cover their eyes when gazing upon Him.
Posted on January 4, 2020, in ♣ Devotional and tagged adoption to God, Arthur Neil, deception, devotional, eternally secure in God, God rich in mercy, God's cleansing, God's light, God's mercy, in God's eyes, In His Light, M.A. Williams, Mark Anthony Williams, motives, paths of righteousness, perfect, Psalm 36:9, Psalm 51:2, Psalm 51:7, restoration, secure, self righteousness, Shade of the Moriah Tree, whiter than snow. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.