Psalm 51: Red Hands

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

It’s a sick sensation being caught red-handed … irrefutable evidence flooding in to drown me in my depravity. Instinctively I hide, deny, justify, minimize, excuse, condone, blame-shift (ad nauseam); pathetic attempts to preserve lifeless pursuits. It started with Adam (Gen 3:8-12) and has passed down to every generation since.

Hope in these desperate straits lies only in the precious gifts of conviction, contrition and confession, each mercifully prompted by the Spirit of truth as a straight and narrow path to restoration. Excruciating exposure opens wounds in want of healing, and they are healed.

Red hands are washed as pure as the driven snow by the blood of the Lamb. What would you give for such joy? You’ve not nearly enough, but nothing is all you need. Tell the truth of your transgressions and find a Father’s forgiveness, secured for you by the Son’s sacrifice.

This scandalous salvation (1 Cor 1:23) is the song of broken yet hopeful people. We sing because our once red hands have been made clean and made ready for every good work (2 Tim 2:21). And the One who began a good work in us will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil 1:6)

With what part of David’s confessional prayer do you most identify?

2 Comments

  1. “exposure opens wounds in want of healing, and they are healed” and “You’ve not nearly enough, but nothing is all you need.” to quote the great western philosopher Tom Petty, “the waiting is the hardest part”. waiting – knowing that the healing is not instantaneous but a lifelong struggle of resisting the urge to give in to mental and emotional fatigue and simply succumb to the heinous desires of my flesh. but when i apprehend with my thoughts and heart the reality that my once red hands have been made clean and made ready for every good work that i may believe that i actually can do good and am not bound to evil then i experience life in a fulfilling way.

    thanks for the good word Monty!

    • Thanks for the comment Toby. I’m always encouraged by how engaged you are at a heart level with the real stuff of life! Keep fighting the good fight my friend, and pray that I would do the same!

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