Notice the transforming presence of God within you. Let go of words and images. Surrender all that is stirring, even if only briefly, and rest for a few minutes in God’s embrace.
What does it mean to be clean? For me, it is to have the weight of my sin lifted from me. It is know that it is gone, and that God still loves me and wants to be in relationship with me. Think of how David must have felt. For months he had lived with the knowledge that he had done wrong before God; his sin was always before him. Once it was out in the open and he came before the Lord, he found cleansing and relief from all of his sin. In repentance, he found his love for God renewed and a new hope for life. There were consequences to David’s sin, but God did not take his spirit, his love, away from David. So now, let us rest in God’s embrace, no longer struggling with our guilt or trying to hide the ugly truth from ourselves, others, and God. We are clean and loved beyond all comprehension by the God of steadfast love. Know that God will be with us even in the consequences of our sin. Just rest in the renewed promise of life with God.
© Psalm 51, Donald Jackson, 2004. The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.