Together in Christ: 'Purify Me, Please!' — Psalm 51:7-8

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me — now let me rejoice.
— Psalm 51:7-8 NLT

Key Thought

Our relationship verse today comes from David's confession and prayer after his multiple, grievous sins against Uriah, Bathsheba, and God. [1] Nathan confronted David with a powerful story of abuse. Nathan's story greatly angered David, Israel's powerful King. Nathan then made clear that David was the guilty one. He had been the abuser of Bathsheba in his adultery, and the murderer of her husband, Uriah. [2] David was completely convicted of his sin and his guilt. However, Nathan pointed out that God would not let such abuse of power go without consequences. [3] David was broken because of his sins and further broken by knowing their consequences. That's the hard news David faced, and that hard news would play out over the remainder of his life.

David also had great news. Because of his contrite heart and his broken and contrite spirit, David knew God would forgive his sins and purify him of guilt and the residue of that sin in his heart and life. [4] David not only wanted this forgiveness and cleansing, but he also yearned for God's help in re-calibrating his heart to desire loyalty, obedience, and worship. [5]God would also bring back the joy of salvation and open his heart to sing God's praises before the people. [6]

As disciples of Jesus, we can trust that God forgives, purifies us, and removes our guilt from us. [7] Our Abba Father loves us and longs to bring us back home to himself. No matter the mess we have made of our lives — before we came to Christ or after we began to follow Christ — God longs for us to know that our previous sin is gone: that is what we once were. [8] Now, however, Christ presents us to the hosts of heaven as God's pure, beloved children. [9] Let's rejoice in God's grace. Let's rejoice in God's forgiveness. Let's invite others to God's salvation party and sing of God's amazing love! [10]

[1] Psalm 51:1 and the ascription given to Psalm 51.
[2] 2 Samuel 11:1-4, 12:1-12.
[3] 2 Samuel 12:10-18.
[4] Psalm 51:3-4, 17. See also see Isaiah 57:15 and 1 John 1:5-10.
[5] Psalm 51:10, 12, 14.
[6] Psalm 51:8, 12, 14-17.
[7] 1 John 1:5-10.
[8] 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
[9] Colossians 1:19-23.
[10] Luke 5:27-32.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, thank you for Your forgiveness and cleansing. I know that I am clean in Your sight and pleasing to You. Thank You for sending Jesus to show what full forgiveness and cleansing mean. Thank you, Jesus, for presenting me to the Father as fully holy and clean because of Your loving sacrifice for my sin. Open my heart and lips to joyously declare Your love, mercy, and grace that have re-made me. Please accept my adoration, praise, and thanksgiving for all you have done for me. In Jesus' name, I praise You. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 51:1-19
  • 1 John 1:5-10, 2:1-2


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Illustration of Psalm 51:7-8 NLT — Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me — now let me rejoice.

About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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