[CF Devotionals] 2018-02-07 - Washed Clean

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For awhile this morning, the dishwasher and clothes washer were working simultaneously. I thought immediately of the song Create in Me a Clean Heart from my John Michael Talbot album. The song was inspired at least in part from Psalms 51 and 57. I find it strangely enjoyable, maybe, to smell the soap from the dishwasher and the fabric softener in the clothes after everything is clean. And the result comes from a few small actions and the push of a button; “voila!” It most certainly would be nice if spiritual cleansing happened that easily. While it is not something that God makes overly complicated, there does seem to be something in our subconscious that can remind us of those things for which we have requested forgiveness, and somehow we do not yet feel clean and clear of them. Perhaps we can let just a miniscule amount of that feeling help us to avoid repeating whatever we did that needed forgiveness. But if you are at all like me you will need the spiritual cascade many times; sometimes several for the same issue. I am so grateful for a longsuffering father, who washes me white as snow every time, so long as I ask with a truly repentant heart. The day will arrive when things that separate me from him just disappear like a stain washed from fabric or remnants from pottery.

“Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” (Psalm 73:1-3)

“Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:9-11)

“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3-5)

“Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” (Psalm 57:1)

“And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.” (Mark 9:2-4)

Deborah

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All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.


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