Saturday, July 2, 2011

" A DEEP -DOWN CLEANSING OF OUR SOUL"


Good Evening to All!

Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. (7) Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. (8) Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. (10) Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (12) Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (15) O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. (17) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O god, you will not despise. Psalm 51: 6-8, 10, 12, 15, 17 (NIV)

My devotional book states the above verses in this manner, but does not give a specific version, it just says God's Word. It is a publication titled "God's Word to the Nations" That is why I noted the NIV version above.

(6-8) You desire truth and sincerity. Deep down inside me you teach me wisdom. Purify me from sin with hyssop, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness. Let the bones that you have broken dance. . .

(10) Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a faithful spirit within me. . . (12) Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and provide me with a spirit of willing obedience . . .

(15, 17) O Lord, open my lips and my mouth will tell about your praise . . .The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. O God, you do not despise a broken and sorrowful heart.

Every day is a new opportunity to allow God to forgive us and renew our spirit. King David wrote this specific Psalm after the prophet Nathan came and reprimanded David for the sin of committing adultery with Bathsheba. Hyssop symbolized David's desire to be holy and restored in his relationship with God. It was used in the ceremonial cleaning at Passover, the feast celebrating God's delivering his people from Egypt. Hyssop , dipped in the lamb's blood, was used like a brush to sprinkle the blood above the doors and on the doorposts. god also directed the use of hyssop to cleanse people of skin diseases. The sponge soaked in wine and offered to Jesus on the cross was stuck on a hyssop branch.

We are imperfect, and we fail. We were born in sin and it is in our nature. We give in to temptation and sin. It may be just a little lie, a look at someone with lust in our hearts, or perhaps even engage in adultery as did David. No matter what we do, we can trust that God is willing to forgive us, if we come to Him, confess our sin and turn away from that sin to not do it again. To change our hearts so that we will be stronger and able to avoid sin. This is why I love the verse Acts 2:38 so much. Some people listening to Peter preach the Gospel asked him what they had to do to be saved. He said Repent, (turn away from sin, change your ways) be baptised everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Not only does this assure me that I will be saved, but also receive the gift of the Holy Ghost which will guide me into ALL TRUTH, teach me HOW to live for God and help me to stay on the path to righteousness. That is SO WONDERFUL.

This being said, I must always be sensitive to the Holy Ghost and what it is telling me. I'm not saying it will keep us from ever sinning again. As long as we are human and on this earth we will be subject to temptation and sin. It is our choice as to what we do. God gave us free will and will not force His ways upon us. The Holy Ghost will just talk to our spirit and nudge us if we are not suppose to do something or vice-versa.

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15:10 says Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth, and God is touched when we SINCERELY repent and have remorse for what we have done.

Good Night to All and May God Bless!

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7 comments:

settledinheaven said...

PJ,

Great lesson on the need for TRUE SINCERE SORROW for our sins. So many times, as I counsel others, I find that their sorrow stems from remorse for the result sof the sins they must face; instead of being sorry for committing the sin in the first place.

May the Lord help each of us to be on guard against the selfish sorrow based upon our desire to not face the results of our sins.

Lord continue to bless you PJ.

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