Together in Christ: 'Make Me Clean' — Psalm 51:9-10

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Don't keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.
— Psalm 51:9-10 NLT

Key Thought

David admitted his heinous, abusive, murderous sins against Bathsheba and Uriah. [1] Living in denial, Israel's King David had ignored the weight of his sin and was merrily living his powerful life without regret. When Nathan confronted him, however, David was heartbroken and deeply convicted of the evil he had done to Bathsheba and her husband. [2] While David was concerned about many things about his sins and their consequences, his heart for God pulled him back to his deepest longings to walk with God. He not only yearned for forgiveness, but he also longed to have the stain of his sin removed and his rebelliously vile heart cleaned and made loyal and consistent with the character of God.

David's prayer should also be our prayer, but only AFTER we have acknowledged the rebelliousness and evil of our own sins. [3] Only then can we fully turn away from that sin and live toward God in earnest repentance. Just like David, we can also ask for our hearts to be made clean, the stain of our guilt removed, and a clean heart and loyal spirit renewed within us.

The Father commanded us to love God and our neighbor. [3] When we sin against our neighbor, our love for God is short-circuited, distorted, and polluted. God demands that we return to loving the people we see daily to return to a right relationship with Him, Whom we have not seen! [4]

When we confess our sin and turn away from it, we too can cry these words to God:

Don't keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.

We can also be assured that God will forgive us, and Jesus will bring us to the Father as "holy and blameless as [we] stand before him without a single fault." [5] Grief for our sin as we turn away from that sin and turn back to the ways of God brings forgiveness, cleansing, and renewing from the grace of God. We are returned to life again! [6]

[1] 2 Samuel 11:1-27.
[2] 2 Samuel 12:1-10.
[3] Matthew 22:36-40.
[4] 1 John 4:20.
[5] Colossians 1:22.
[6] James 5:19-20.

Today's Prayer

Father, open my eyes to my own sins instead of my scandalizing the sins of others. Reveal the rebellious places in my heart and enable me to partner with the Holy Spirit in eradicating that rebelliousness from my heart. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for cleansing me at Your cost and presenting me to the Father as a holy, blameless, and pure child. I pledge to You, Lord Jesus, that I do not take the cost of my forgiveness lightly. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 51:1-17
  • James 1:13-18, 5:16-20

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Illustration of Psalm 51:9-10 NLT — Don't keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.

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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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