“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”Psalm 51:2, 7
It’s time again for spring cleaning. There is something about the emerging beauty outdoors that makes us want to clean our homes within. We know the process involves both removing useless stuff and washing the dirt away…not unlike how things go in the “cleaning” of our hearts!
In Psalm 51, King David anguished over Nathan’s words exposing his sins of adultery and murder. He desperately needed cleansing of sin and removal of guilt. He accepted that he could not atone for his transgressions: “You do not delight in sacrifice or I would bring it.” (v. 16). Instead, David appealed to God’s great mercy and unfailing love (v. 1). He pleaded, “Save me from bloodguilt” (v. 14). He sought a savior to wash away his iniquity, purify his heart, and renew a right spirit within him.
In God’s great mercy and unfailing love, He did just that for us. He provided the right atonement to remove sin’s guilt—the only perfect sacrifice approved by Him. He sent Jesus, whose blood could wash away sin’s stain forever and would make us whole.
“What can wash away my sin?/ Nothing but the blood of Jesus;/ What can make me whole again?/ Nothing but the blood of Jesus!” (Robert Lowry, 1876)