A Clean Heart!

I had some time in the car last night and I got to thinking about the ugliness of sin.  It seems that lately we have seen more and more people coming into the church looking for financial help.  While we like to do that, it does make me curious as to the back story.  In talking with some, it is clear that the place they are in now is a result of sin.   So often the path someone takes leads them to a place they were not planning on being and then they find themselves reaping the negative results for years.  Sin is ugly and should not be toyed with at all.  But, many people take an indifferent approach to it.

If you go to the Old Testament, you find one man who learned not to toy with sin.  He knew very well the enticement and the end result.  He found out the hard way that there is always death to be paid for sin.  David was king and was known as one who did God’s will.  Behind that, though, is a very dark time in his life.  A time when he did one thing after another in order to cover up his sin.  He had thought he had gotten away with it too, until God confronted him with the Word. There was forgiveness in it, but there was also consequence.

Psalm 51:1-14

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;
you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

David got it.  David knew the anguish of sin.  He knew that his sin had taken him away from God.  He felt the pain and wanted so much to be back in a place of joy and restoration in the Lord.

God grants it for David and He will grant it for you.  Jesus Christ died to take sin and rose to conquer it; giving to us eternal life.  We need to understand that sin is costly and the price is more than we could ever pay.  We need a Savior to clean our heart and bring us into fellowship with God.  As we start the weekend, might we just take a few moments to remember what Jesus has done and ask God to renew our hearts in Him.  Below is a video of a song by Keith Green, one of my all time favorites.  I hope it encourages you today.

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8 comments

  1. Often you hear people talking of their financial dilemmas. They’ve fallen away from God and the church and don’t even realize that is half their problem. Instead of pointing out how sinful ways lead us away from God and into ruin, I often suggest returning to the church, and point out how the church will sometimes help members.

    It seems to me–perhaps I’m wrong–that people won’t just walk in and ask for help. They know they should be there and will return, if only to get some help at some point. It is then that we have our opportunity to bring them back into the fold.

    So I guess I’m partly to blame for people who come back to the church hoping for financial help…

    1. I am not saying they are a nuisance, just that their stories are sad. So many of their circumstances are the result of their own decisions and it is upsetting to see the path the chose. I know there is more to it, but at the root of it is sin. We need to call sin what it is and address it in our lives. It is deadly!

      1. I didn’t think you thought they were a nuisance. In fact, that was furthest from my mind. About all I meant was, financial difficulty is one opportunity for pointing people back to where they belong, in God’s house and in His graces.

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