Psalm 51:7-10: “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow, Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice, Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all of my iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

One of the things I like about a new year is that I can start with a clean slate.  All of the mistakes of the past year can be confessed to God; He forgives and forgets them.  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  I John 1:9.

I now need to keep myself clean and not return to my former unrighteous and filthy rags.  Peter cautioned us about this in I Peter 2:22: “But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: A dog returns to his own vomit, and a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”  I have never figured out why a dog, after a bath, immediately rolls in grass and dirt.  Once he is clean, why would he want to get dirty again?

And, yet, I find myself having to confess my sins over and over again!  One of the ways that I use to keep myself from falling into sin is to read my Bible every day.  Psalm 119: “Your Word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You.”  Bible reading and memorization have other benefits, also.  I have found that the Holy Spirit brings Scripture to my mind at just the time I need it.  Filling your mind with Scripture keeps unclean thoughts from entering it.  God’s Word brings comfort, conviction, consolation, blessing, instruction and joy.   I Timothy 3:16.

We have a whole, brand-new, unblemished year in which to love God and follow Him wherever He leads us.  Hallelujah, Praise Him!