1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
As I sit here thinking about what I should share in a devotion several thoughts come to mind, but nothing seemed to click. Just then my daughter sent me a simple text. She asked. "Do you and mom want something from Clean Eatz?" Which is a place she found in the Peachtree city area that prepares healthy meals.
Have you ever eaten healthy food for two or three days and then ate some fast food? I have; and I can't even begin to explain how sluggish and tired I felt. As I thought about how much better I feel when I eat healthy, I couldn't help but to think about how much better spiritually I feel when I'm consuming clean things into my life. And how sluggish and tired I feel when I am feeding myself worldly and fleshly foods.
The spiritual nourishment we take in plays a huge part in our Christian walk. Our spiritual cardio doesn't last very long when we are feeding on unhealthy things. Reading our Bibles once in a while and expecting our spiritual life to be where it needs to be is like eating the proper foods for one day and expecting to run a marathon. IT WILL NOT WORK. When you go into a spiritual battle without the proper intake you will grow weary in well doing regardless of how well you feel going in.
"Where do I start, you ask?" Well, if it were physical you would more than likely ask someone to help you meet your goal and hold you accountable for your choices. This is what King David is doing in the Scripture. First he realizes his spiritual intake has not been a clean one, and he is now feeling the apathy and impact of those choices. He then seeks help from the Lord.
If we desire to FINISH the race set before us we must at this point choose a better intake into our spiritual life. Better choices, better results. The man we feed the most is the one who is the strongest.
Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Pastor Todd McClain