Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
We are reminded, by the mystery of yesterday's snowfall, that when the heavens open up everything in its path gets covered. Junk yards full of rusting cars, city streets littered with hypodermic syringes, and hillsides littered with garbage experience the same grace as the beautiful meadows, playgrounds, and parks. All are covered equally in the whitewash; all become the same, equally beautiful. This is a great metaphor on how Christ completely washes us clean through his sacrifice on the cross. Although we are stained, splattered, and covered in our sinfulness we can be made clean. Not a temporary cleaning, nor a temporary covering that will melt with the coming sun to expose our rustiness again, but an everlasting washing, a whiteness that will not dull nor fade away.
David in this Psalm echoes the yearning of our own hearts when we have turned from God, when we have done "evil doings". Do we approach God with the humility and passion of David? Purge me with hyssop; not caress me, tickle me, gently prod me with hyssop. Purge me, remove my impurities, rid me of my sin and guilt, make me undefiled, and cleanse me Lord. I urge all of us today to set aside a moment and ask God to cleanse us, to cleanse us from all our sins, known and unknown, for us to truly "cease to do evil" and minister to those who are most in need. Let us proclaim the name of Christ so that all may be made white, (clean) and be covered in storehouses of snow.
Pastor Scott and Pastor Jenny