Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 2, 2017

“Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight” – “Do not cast me away from Your presence” – “cleanse me from my sin” – “Create in me a clean heart, O God”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 52.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+52&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

He did evil in the sight of the Lord like all that Jehoiakim had done.  For through the anger of the Lord this came about in Jerusalem and Judah until He cast them out from His presence.”  Jeremiah 52:2-3.

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Some were slaughtered.  Some were carried away into exile.  The valuable things in the temple were also carried away to Babylon.  The temple and city of Jerusalem were destroyed.  Jeremiah chapter 52 provides great detail. 

This devotion focuses on the summary of what the LORD did in verse 3.  “For through the anger of the Lord this came about in Jerusalem and Judah until He cast them out from His presence.”  Verse 3.

King David also did evil in the sight of the LORD, and he rightly feared the just consequence of such evil, that is, being cast out of the presence of the LORD.

“Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak
And blameless when You judge.”  Psalm 51:1-4.

Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.”  Psalm 51:11.

Like King David, we all sin and have done evil in the sight of the LORD.  

We don’t start out pure and only occasionally sin.  We start out in sin, corrupted by sin.     

“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.”  Psalm 51:5.

Reformed Doctrine summarizes our natural condition as “Total Depravity”.  We are dead in sin, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan.  Every part of us is corrupted by sin. 

We all deserve to be cast out of the presence of the LORD.

But, there is hope outside of us.  The hope is that the LORD will make us alive and cleanse us from sin and create in us a clean heart.  

“7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness,
Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins
And blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  Psalm 51:7-10.

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