Wash my heart, wash my hands,
Because I want to worship You.
I want to worship You.
Here we are, here I stand.
So make me new, make me new, say. (Mali Music – Make Me New)
The lyrics of Mali’s song are truly convicting as they speaking of repentance and the cleansing of all unrighteousness before we can worship God with pure hearts. We have been declared forgiven and justified by the blood of Jesus that cleanses, heals and restores us into becoming free unbound worshippers that worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. Mali in his song shares the same plea that David cried out as per Psalm 51 and we also see in James 4:8 that the Word of God instructs us to wash our hands and hearts. We ought to ask the Father always to purify and cleanse our hearts so that we maybe vessels of honour being moulded in the Great Potter’s hands for His glory.
Our bodies should be presented as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God which is our spiritual worship (Rom 12:1). The Lord instructs us to be holy as He is holy for we as children of God are a set apart nation called forth to proclaim His excellencies in word and deed. So no impurity has a dwelling place in our bodies which are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).
Our bodies belong to God
In the same chapter of 1 Corinthians 6:12-19 we are taught about how we should flee from sexual immorality because our bodies are not our own, they belong to God for we have been bought by the blood of the Holy Lamb of God to glorify God in our bodies. In the community of women it is seemingly the hardest to be open and honest about the battle of sexual purity since there is a notion that men are the ones that have sexually immoral intentions. There are many women who are struggling with sexual sin alone in silence because of shame and guilt to be open about it to other women. Women should stand together as sisters in the Lord in laying aside every weight and sin that so easily entangles concerning the pursuit of sexual purity.
Let us bear one another’s burdens when fellow sisters are caught in transgression and so fulfil the law of Christ (Gal 6:1) by unceasingly interceding in accordance to the will of God. We should be edifying and encouraging one another as the daughters of the King of kings instead of passing condemning judgement to each other. Let our request to our Father be for Him to create in us clean hearts and purify them as blessed women so that we may see God (Matt 5:8). We are Kingdom daughters that refuse to let anything or anyone distract us from the pursuit of righteousness, faith, love and peace as we call upon the Lord from a pure heart. We truly sing, “To worship You I live”.