Thought for the Week – 15th January

Pastor Gareth Watkins

Psalm 51:1-12

Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just a]when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins,

And blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

    Jesus spoke through John in Revelation saying “behold I make all things new”.

    David knew he needed a fresh start when as the king he wrote in Psalm 51: 1-12:

    • Verse 4: against you and only you have I sinned I have done evil in your sight.
    • Verse 1: Blot out my iniquity.
    • Verse 5: I was conceived in sin.

    David knew at this time in his life he was sinful in his very nature and he needed a miracle from God.  He knew he was helpless and that he was being held back by the very sins that were in his make up.

    The only way though was from a new start from the creator God. The only through was reconciliation after being cleansed by the blood of Christ.

    Jesus still offers to wash us whiter than the snow.

    Jesus still offers to create in us a clean heart.

    He did it for David and He offers to do it for you.

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