Proverbs 16 4-16-22

Singing our faith locks the words in our hearts. It is why we sing.

Proverbs 29:6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin,
    but the righteous sing and are glad.

Ephesians 5:18-20 …be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is an old Gospel hymn called, “Are You Washed in the Blood,” that is graphic in language, but Scripturally correct. Here is a verse from it:

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Chorus: Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless?
Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

I have heard the phrase used, “I’m covered in the blood.” I get the sentiment, but it’s actually an Old Testament term. The concept of sacrificial offerings was to “cover” Israel’s sins. Each family made sacrifices and then the high priest would offer atonement for all of Israel once a year for the “temporary atonement” of their sins. Those sacrifices could not wash away sin; it was a way to remind them that a Redeemer was coming.

Jesus came to wash us all clean with His perfect atonement. The wrath of God’s judgment was death, but to God, death is not the end. GOD HIMSELF came to “reconcile the world to Himself” (Ephesians 1:9-10) by going through death and, through His mighty power–He IS God–rising again. I take great comfort in these words,

18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Revelation 1:18

From now on, this verse from our hymn is where we live:

Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Abba, I love the way You love me. You have shown me how much You love me by dying on the cross, breaking my curse, and giving me eternal life. I want to walk daily by Your side and rest each moment in the beauty of the crucifixion. I look forward to worshiping You tomorrow as we commemorate Your resurrection. Amen.

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