She likes to use a dust cloth and a can of Pledge.  He likes to use an unused paintbrush.  He says it is wonderful for getting all the dust out of the nooks and crannies.  She thinks he is obsessive.  He likes to think of it as being thorough.

The latter part of Psalm 19 is a magnificent section of praise proclaiming God’s law to be perfect, His testimony to be sure, His statues to be right, His commandments to be pure and His judgments to be true and righteous.  In verse 12 the psalmist then asks for his secret faults to be cleansed while asking the question, “Can anyone really understand his own faults?”

It is true that we are so complex we do not even know ourselves.  There are times we do things and say things that surprise even us.  We say, “I can’t believe I said (or did) that!”  The human heart can be most deceitful, even to itself.  It is no wonder we need a God who knows all.  He knows what we need and if we ask He will dust out all the nooks and crannies of our minds.

Written by Roger Bothwell on March 23, 2003

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