Sunday, June 3, 2018

Psalms 26:6-7 -- On Hands and Voices

"I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord:
That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works."
Psalms 26:6-7

The idea of washing in innocency seems to be an allusion to repentance, and I like the idea that we can become innocent again, or in other words, "become as little children" (Matthew 18:3), right?  God's cleansing doesn't leave stains and his healing doesn't leave scars, so if we repent we can essentially be new again... a much more radical idea than the way we usually think of repentance.

I also love here the idea of publishing the voice of thanksgiving and telling of God's wondrous works.  Most of us talk to our friends about products that we like, or about awesome things that happened to us... but we don't talk about the Book of Mormon or going to church with that same kind of fervor, and too often even just kind of avoid talking about God in our lives.

Today, let's work on that newness of life that God offers by repenting and working back towards the good qualities that we had as children.  Let's also work on finding ways to tell people what God has done for us, and how wondrous they were and how thankful we are.  As we do, we'll get closer to our ideal selves and improve our relationship with God.

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