Oh! precious is the flow That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
We have had the most beautiful display this past week of God’s handiwork. I couldn’t help but to be reminded of this hymn and how I thank God for washing me white as snow.
Do any of you dislike laundry like I do? Many years ago, I hung up several bible verses in my laundry room that relate to cleaning/washing. I hung them as a reminder to myself that I shouldn’t grumble about laundry and that I should do it for my family with a “happy heart”. All the washing that I do is nothing compared to the washing that has been done for me and everyone else that has accepted Jesus. Two of the verses I hung in there come from Psalm 51. This chapter is a prayer for restoration from David.
These are those two verses along with some excerpts from my Study Bible relating to them:
Psalm 51:7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. When the Lord confronted Israel's apostasy through the prophet Jeremiah, He made clear that no amount of washing, even with a great amount of soap, could remove their guilt(Jr 2:22). The repentant sinner, however, can confidently expect that when the Lord does the washing he will be whiter than snow. Only God can perform the inward cleansing necessary for restored fellowship with Him and His people.
Psalm 51:10 God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. David extends his prayer for full restoration by asking God to create(Hb bara) for him a clean heart. In the Old Testament, the verb bara, when denoting an act of creation, appears only with God as its subject as a way of indicating what only God can perform.
This week I encourage you to seek restoration. It doesn’t matter if you are just now reaching out to Christ, if you have only known Him for a short while, or if you have known Him for years… you can pray for restoration. Go read Psalm 51. Pray these verses! Sing this hymn!