Hyssop

  • May 24, 2015
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In my Bible, page 717 is dog-eared and worn from years of use. Psalm 51 is on that page. 

Hi, I'm Joni Eareckson Tada and in my Bible, page 717 is dog-eared and worn from years of use. Psalm 51 is on that page. I often flip to this passage to wrap words around my remorse over sin. Especially verse 7, "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." Why is that so encouraging? Well, hyssop is an aromatic shrub the Old Testament priests would use to cleanse those who had become defiled. In the same way, when I pray, "purge me with hyssop," I'm asking God to purge my conscience of defilement, and to restore me to the privileges of fellowship with him... privileges which I forfeited by my sin. To me, that’s a comfort. And it can be to you, too. Meditate on Psalm 51 today. For when God purges you, the pleasure of His fellowship can't be far behind.

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