Hosea 14:4-7 “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.”
To know that God will forgive and cleanse me from all sin is a comfort that no man can promise. To know that it is God’s character and of His nature to do so, means that He will neither leave me nor forsake me.
But it is the reviving that we need.
If you are a saved child of God, you have known from the first what it is to be clean; nothing between my soul and the Savior. To keep, maintain, and sustain that spirit throughout my life takes diligence, and a dutiful spirit to desire that cleanliness of soul before the One who knows what stands between us.
We have all slid back from the place of oneness with God. There is not one person who has received and maintained a clean soul every day, every hour, every minute of every day since they have been saved. Sin creeps in, but God has given us an Advocate to restore the relationship bought for us through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hosea speaks of the beauty of a soul right with God.
We need to covet the spirit of a clean soul. Be sensitive to sin when it comes. Desire holiness and be courageous enough to shun all that keeps us from a right spirit.
David’s desire in Psalm 51 should be ours:
Psalm 51:10-12 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”
Once received, we need to immerse ourselves in the warmth, protection, and peaceful place within His care. Desire it. Seek after it. Be sensitive when it is threatened, and guard it once attained.
Our enemy knows the power of a child of God who is clean, covered, and kept within the confines of the Father’s shadow. Once inside, we can go out to bring others in trusting His protection, provision, and power.
This Lord’s Day, seek that cleanliness and purity of heart that will give us the best start to a week no matter what we face.