Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
We All Suffer Shame
We all suffer from the guilt and shame of our sin. Satan uses our guilt to keep us from going after all God has for us. This verse promises that God brings forgiveness and cleansing of our sin when we repent.
When David was confronted by the prophet Nathan, he repented of his sin of adultery and murder. This promise is part of that repentant psalm.
David asks God for two things in response to his repentance.
First, he asked to be cleansed.
The hyssop plant was a small bushy plant that was used in ceremonial cleansing. When a leper was healed, the priest would sprinkle blood and water over him, symbolizing his cleansing. The hyssop plant was used to smear blood on the doorposts of the Israelites the night God brought the last plague over Egypt.
The hyssop plant was always connected to sacrificial blood. Because of this, it was a symbol of purification.
When you repent of your sin, God cleanses you from the inside out. He forgives your sin and proclaims you clean before Him. His blood purifies your heart and life.
Second, David asked God to wash away the stain of his sin.
Sin always leaves a mark. Dirt is to the body what sin is to the heart. When we sin, our heart becomes dirty. We need God to come and clean our hearts.
I love that this phrase says “I shall be whiter than snow.” David wouldn’t settle for a partial cleaning. He wanted his heart to be whiter than snow. There are few things whiter than snow. If you have ever been in the mountains and seen the sun reflect off the snow, you know how white it is.
When we repent, God washes our heart so clean that it is whiter than the whitest snow.
Look at that promise again.
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. – Psalm 51:7
Make these confessions.
When I repent, God forgives and cleanses my sin.
God makes me pure and clean before Him.
My guilt and shame have been washed away.
My heart has been made whiter than snow.
In Jesus’ Name,
When you repent of your sin, Jesus purifies and cleanses you heart.
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