March 17

Psalm 51:6-12

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” vs. 10

Some of us have sung this psalm in worship for as long as we can remember…and that’s a good thing! These ancient words pretty much articulate the rhythm of life in Christ for all of God’s people. Like our hands our hearts need daily cleansing to keep them free of disease and guilt buildup. One of the positive byproducts of this COVID year has been the emphasis on frequent and thorough hand-washing. Because of increased diligence and attention to such details, the cold and flu season has been pretty much sneeze free. The psalmist invites us to pay the same attention to our inner beings. Even though we are created in the image of God the germs of sin are all around…sometimes it seems they inhabit the air we breathe. Our senses are particularly vulnerable to their regular invasions and there can be massive infections in our core, something that can often put our hearts at risk. The accompanying guilt clogs up our loving and we become isolated from our families and friends. Sometimes we even wander away from faith and imagine ourselves as being alone in the universe. As dangerous as the sin cancer can be, the remedy is always at hand. The key is confession, an honest accounting of our corporate and individual sin, and a plea for cleansing. Such prayers are always answered. We are daily forgiven and a new Spirit is born in us–and love abounds.

Thought for the Day: When is a good time for daily confession?

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