For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me. Be pleased, O Lord , to deliver me! O Lord , make haste to help me!
Psalms 40:12-13 ESV
These verses could be summarised as “deliver us from evil”, from the prayer the Lord taught us. Jesus called His own disciples evil, so we don’t just need delivering from some external enemy, but from our own sinful selves. If we don’t see ourselves as part of the problem, we won’t see God as the solution.
David was under no illusions as to his own sinfulness. He didn’t call it weakness, failure or brokenness. He called it for what it was- iniquity- a dark blot upon his soul.
If we were only realistic about our own iniquitous state, we’d get pretty depressed. Like David, we need to take our sins to God and to plead with Him to deliver us. God can’t half heartedly save, He needs to be pleased to do it.
Thankfully, God is pleased to deliver us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. His blood can make the foulest clean, His blood availed for me. All praise to His holy name!
“Oh Lord, please deliver us from the filthy stains of our sin. We praise You for the blood of Jesus, that makes us as white as snow. In His name, amen”