Illustrated Faith - Clean my Heart (Psalm 51:10) and Number the Stars (Psalm 147:4)

Create in my a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. - Psalm 51:10

I partnered this verse above with a painting/illustrations inspired verse 7 in the same chapter, which reads "Purge me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." I loosely rendered the idea of the hyssop plant. I love the spiky small leaves, which remind me of rosemary. Plus the purple flowers. Give me all the royal purple flowers out there please! I love them! (After painting this piece, I went to the local greenhouse and picked up a beautiful purple hyacinth plant. It smells so good!)

Before this year, I never thought much about the cleansing properties of plants, so this verse didn't resonate with me like it does now.  As I've started researching (lots!) about essential oils, and plant healing and cleansing, my eyes have opened up so much regarding everything that so many little plants are capable of. This passage makes me want to dig deeper into hyssop now. 

But cleaning on the outside, no matter how much you scrub, isn't going to affect anything that needs cleaning on the inside. This Psalm, when used as a prayer for yourself too, is one step that you can take to start cleaning yourself from the inside out. It's something that I'm going to start incorporating into my life more, that I may be a better tool for Christ.

He determines the number of stars; he give to all of them their names. - Psalm 147:4

Does this verse blow your mind? When I look up at the stars, and am in awe at the sheer number that my little eyes can see, I often think of this verse, and am shaken about how big our God is. He knows every single one of those stars, and has given them all names! They are important to Him, and he remembers them ALL! If He knows the stars, and holds them close to Himself, imagine how He feels about all of us here on earth!! We have been created in His image, cherished and loved, and He knows every hair on our head. He knew us before we were born. He loves us unconditionally, even when we are horribly undeserving of the slightest bit of love. Isn't that just the greatest? Now, when I look at the stars, I practically feel a hug, knowing that I'm just as well known, valued, and loved, even though there are billions of others on the planet too. How great is our God?

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