FRIDAY, JULY 23
Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin
Psalm 51:2 (NLT2)
OVERCOMING SHAME: WASHED AND PURIFIED
After twenty years of shaving himself every morning, a man in a small Southern town decided he had enough. He told his wife that he intended to let the local barber shave him each day. He put on his hat and coat and went to the barber shop, which was owned by the pastor of the town’s Baptist Church. The barber’s wife, named Grace, was working that day, so she performed the task. Grace shaved him and sprayed him with lilac water, and said, “That will be $20.” The man thought the price was a bit high, but he paid the bill and went to work. The next morning the man looked in the mirror, and his face was as smooth as it had been when he left the barber shop the day before. Not bad, he thought. At least I don’t need to get a shave every day. The next morning, the man’s face was still smooth. Two weeks later, the man was still unable to find any trace of whiskers on his face. It was more than he could take, so he returned to the barber shop. “I thought $20 was high for a shave,” he told the barber’s wife, “but you must have done a great job. It’s been two weeks and my whiskers still haven’t started growing back.” The expression on her face didn’t even change, expecting his comment. She responded, “You were shaved by Grace. Once shaved, always shaved.”
If you grew up in church, you know the saying, “Once saved, always saved.” In John 10:28 Jesus said, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” When David asked God to wash him and clean him it was forever. There are two different words that are used in this verse in explaining the transaction of cleansing and atonement of David’s sins. David asks for the action of washing to be performed upon his sin, and for the result to become that he was cleansed from his sin.
It has been said that it is one thing to be able to forgive others, but another thing to be able to forget what others have done to us. Ironically, it is only the One who is omniscient who is truly able to forget something, and what He forgets is the sins of His people, when they have confessed and repented of them. He removes them as far from Him as the east is from the west.
Thank God for His unconditional forgiveness.