Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
I am clean and without sin”?
Let us give thanks now that there is one man who in his human nature was able to say this – Jesus Christ. And because he was able to do so, he qualified to be our sacrificial lamb who made atonement for our sins. Because his heart was pure, he was able to purify our hearts. Because he was always clean, he was able to cleanse us from sin. His sacrifice once and for all removed the guilt of our sins, so that though we cannot claim we have made our hearts pure and cleansed ourselves from sin, we can nevertheless come before our God with hearts that have been purified and cleansed by our Lord. He was not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters; he is now our sympathetic High Priest who is heard by his Father as he intercedes for us.
All praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ who alone could answer this question with a resounding, “Here I am; I have come to do your will.” Because he did, you may now “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that you may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.