Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities (PSALM 51:7-9 ESV).
Sin is always a drag on the spirit. A healthy believer is glad when he is living right; he is also sad when he is living wrong. Recognize that while this is a symptom of sin-sickness, it’s also a sign of improvement. Wanting to be well is the first step toward health. Healthy Christians are unhappy sinners.
Sin sinks your soul into depression. It saps your heart of joy. Sin sickens your spirit with sadness and sucks the gladness out of your heart. Just as surely as night follows day, in the life of a true believer sorrow follows sin. That is exactly what sin should do to the life of a believer because sin dishonors the Lord.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
A healthy Christian is a Christian who has developed a personal hatred for the sins that tempt him or her. Often, that hatred comes from the bitter lesson of experience. By nature, we are born to sin, and until we know Christ and his forgiveness—until we know and experience true repentance—we are still on the sickbed of sin, no matter how animated our sinful life may be.
Blessed is the Christian who is done with the sickness of sin. Happy is the believer who knows the joy of true forgiveness. Joyful is the repentant heart.
If sin-sickness has been a part of your life (as it surely has), rejoice that God has the cure — the only cure—and it tastes wonderful going down. No spoonful of sugar necessary.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.