Psalm 51:1-12 (NRSV)

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment. 5 Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me. 6 You desire truth in the inward being;  therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right  spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing  spirit.   

Psalm 51:10 (NRSV)

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right  spirit within me.

DEVOTION -Mark A. Wallace (Suffolk, England)

As I woke up one morning and put on my glasses, I noticed they were quite dirty.  The dirt had come from all the work I had done the day before while gardening and cleaning the house.  At the time the dirty film was building up on my glasses, I was not aware of it.  Only now, 12 hours later, did I see it.

As I cleaned the glasses, I realized that this was a good reminder of the dirt  of sin that we pick up throughout our lives day by day – by what we do or fail to do.  Sometimes we do not realized our sin until we see it from a fresh perspective.  Psalm 51 is a  good example: King David has become aware, through the prophet Nathan, that he has sinned and needs forgiveness.  Only God would be able to give David’s a “clean heart.”

I give thanks to God that through Christ we will be presented to him one day as people “without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Eph. 5:27, NIV).  Even though we sin and stumble, when we ask, God will clean us up every time!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When we acknowledge our sin and repent, God will make us clean.

PRAYER: Dear Father God, we thank you that you clean us up, so that the sin in our lives does not prevent us from living a life that pleases you.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO NEED A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

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