Winter, Snow, Spring, and Psalm 51

posted Feb 8, 2013, 2:24 PM by David Sincock

“I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

Winter is lifeless; plain and simple. Grass, flowers, bushes, and trees are all dormant. When the cold moves in and the sun diminishes, our vibrant verdant world becomes brown and wilted. The yards and gardens which once brought joy and produce now only bring melancholy.

And so goes the life that sin has moved away from the warmth of intimacy with God. The vitality is gone, so is the joy and fruitfulness. Promise seems so far away, if not impossible.

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

But the redemption to winter is snow. Yes your heard right. Despite sore backs and blistered hands, snow is beautiful. It covers! All the now decaying life from last season is hidden and forgotten. Dark and dirt is replaced with white and light. It is fresh and pure and revives the soul.

What a grace we find in the shed blood of Jesus that covers (atones) our sin and makes us white as snow! All the death and decay of the past seasons of our life disappear in a blanket of unstained prospect.

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me.”

But the potency of snow is what is going on underneath. As the sun warms and the days lengthen, new life is sprouting. Spring. New growth. Life!

God does not just cover our sin and hide our old life of death and decay. He sprouts new life. He restores a new season and growth to ground that once was stagnant.

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