Psalm 51, Day 4 – Workin’ at the Heart Wash

Triad Study Psalm 51 Bible with Theo Orange Dark Chocolate

Today’s Chocolate: Theo Orange Dark Chocolate

Today’s Passage: Psalm 51

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so: here’s an extra-long post for today!

Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a clean heart o God" scripture doodle sponsored by Dwight Knoll via Patreon

This doodle comes to you courtesy of the generous sponsorship of Dwight Knoll via my Patreon.  He selected the verse “Create in me a clean heart” (Psalm 51:10) as the subject for his sponsored doodle. Thanks for your support, Dwight!

The verse he selected illustrates what I think is an important facet of Christian life: only God can cleanse our hearts from sin. As the hymn says, “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” Perfecting ourselves, fixing the ways we’ve polluted and damaged our hearts, is something we can’t do on our own any more than a surgeon, much less a civilian, could perform open-heart surgery on himself. Yes, we have a role to play in the process. But our role is that of the patient coming into the ER, perhaps even on a stretcher, admitting that they need life-saving surgery and a lifetime of therapy to recover from their own evil. The biggest part of the work is God’s to do–and in the cross, there’s a very real sense in which he’s done it already. Only he can do it, and David knows it when he asks for cleansing.

Another thing worth noting: in ancient Hebrew culture, the heart represented not just the emotions, but the entire inner person. When David or other Hebrew writers refer to it, it encompasses thoughts, intellect, will, our whole selves. David is asking God: create in me a clean me. Get down inside my ribcage and scrub out the evil. If you’ve got to, even do a heart transplant. I’m down for the operation. You have my permission.


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