I’ll let you in on a little secret. When I was in the 9th grade, I went to an all-girls high school in Hallandale, Florida.
The lovely thing about this all-girl school was you were required to wear a very fashionable, red pinstriped one-piece jumper for PE. It was like a onesie for an adult. I remember them so well. First-year students wore red ones, juniors, I believe, wore blue ones, and sophomores wore green ones. We all looked like a bunch of dorks.
It gets better.
Another benefit, if you could call it, was that we a gym locker room, and we all had gym lockers. I wasn’t one for showering with the crowds, so when PE was over, I’d change clothes and throw my onesie jumper in my locker – for weeks on end. Hey now, listen, folks, I wasn’t the only one who did the presto change o without showering, ditching the onesie for another day. Others did it too. After all, we were a bunch of freshmen who didn’t know any better, and our parents were not there. In other words, some of us didn’t have enough common sense to know we needed to take the onesie home for a good washing every once in a while, and you should bathe.
We would wear the same smelly jumper for every PE hour for weeks on end. No one ever told us we needed to wash them and make them like new. You had talent if you could make your jumper stand by itself after a few weeks. And believe me, after a few weeks without washing them, some could stand on their own. Good thing we played outside in the open air and not indoors—cherished memories of school days.
Psalm 51 is about David’s plea for mercy, forgiveness, and cleansing. God wants our hearts to be right with him. In Psalm 51:2, it says, “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
There is hope in confession. No sin is too great that it cannot be forgiven. If you are dealing with a sense of guilt about something, if you feel smelly and unclean because of something you have done, confess it to God, cleanse yourself of it, and ask God to forgive you.
Don’t allow sin to affect your relationship with him. Don’t be like my smelly gym clothes from school and let this go on for weeks and weeks without doing something about it.
Lord, this morning I come to you and ask you to forgive my sin, Lord. Search my heart O God and cleanse me anew. Father, I ask for forgiveness today. Help me, Lord, to start anew. In your Son’s name, I pray, Amen.
In His Service