“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
Here is the appalling realisation. David’s very being has been stained with the sin. And there is nothing that he can do to get rid of that dreadful blemish. Whenever he looks at God, whenever God looks at him and whenever he looks at himself it will be there, visible to them both, forever. Nothing in all creation can take it away.
“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” (Psalm 51:3)
Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth struggled with the same terrible truth after killing their king.
• “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?”
• “all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand”
So David cries out to God in the terrible and desperate plea of a sinner whose eyes have been opened,
• “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (Psalm 51:2)
• “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7)
• “Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.” (Psalm 51:9)
• “Save me from bloodguilt, O God” (Psalm 51:14)
It is an awful cry – ‘God I am lost! Please do something – save me!”
And the glorious truth is that God does.
We too can ask God for forgiveness – no matter what we may have done.
Holy Father I too have sinned in so many ways, and especially …….. Please forgive me, wash me clean and with Your great love strengthen me to walk forward in newness of life with you. Amen.