Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. 2 Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. 3 For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. 4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. 6 But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. 7 Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice. 9 Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. 13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you. 14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. 15 Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.
When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.
1. There is a NEED in our life for being clean.
2. Cleansing Begins in the Heart.
David doesn’t say, “Change my behavior.”
3. God Creates the Clean Heart.
2 Corinthians 5:17
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
· People with no faith lie to themselves questioning what’s good about life and making up their own value system. They find a way to self-justify by redefining what’s actually bad to mean good. They explain things away. They live with a sense of entitlement. Defiance looks like no big deal because they really didn’t mean to defy. Besides, who’s there to defy? It’s wanting God out of the picture and marching to the beat of their own drum, eating whatever fruit from whatever tree they want to – AKA Adam and Eve.
· People with damaged faith make up rules and regulations to cover up what they know to be bad. Their self-made rules become “good” ends in themselves. They find ways to hide what they’ve done. They live with a sense of guilt and shame. Defiance is hiding, pretending to be deaf and putting on clothes to cover up – AKA Adam and Eve.
· People with active faith realize there is no good apart from God and that they’re in need of a much greater Person with the power over sin and death. Defiance is spitting in God’s face and ignoring him, and it’s wrong. Jesus is the only way and the hope for them to ever come face to face with their forever-loving, all-good Creator God. The great price was paid for the grace in their life through the blood and pain of Jesus on the cross and by the power of Jesus to rise from the grave. The Spirit of God is gradually making them more like Jesus so that they no longer want to defy God but obey God.