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A Great Disservice – The True Cleansing Path

February 7, 2012

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me,
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Many of us sang these words back in the 90s.  In fact, they’re probably so familiar that you didn’t even finish reading them.  I had no idea they were from Psalm 51, and were written by David in response to Nathan’s rebuke of his sin with Bathsheba.

The song does us a great disservice.  No offense to it’s author, but s/he missed the entire point of the psalm.  You see, it’s the verse following that famous refrain that brings the whole thing together.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.

The point of God’s restorative work in our lives isn’t to produce warm-fuzziness.  It isn’t even to bring about our joy.  The whole point of our renewal is to direct it outward, teaching those far from the Lord how to see, know, and accept him.  Then, the Lord’s renewing work flows outward from them, creating a new generation.

Disciples who make disciples who make disciples…

This is what brings true joy, and ultimate glory to God.  Obedience to the process, sprouting from the joy found in our own reconciliation, leads to greater Kingdom impact.

Create in me a clean heart, that I might show others the cleansing path…

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