Whiter than Snow — Paul Tripp

I have been studying and doing my daily devotions on sin. This book has been a great resource for me. Phillip Ryken said, “Whiter than Snow is a music for the sinner’s soul.” I cannot agree with him more. In our men’s meeting last Saturday, we discussed what it means to die-to-self. We generated some great discussions among us. At the end, we agreed that the only way for us to die-to-self is through the power of the Gospel and not the power of men (1 Cor 2:5). Here is a devotion from the book:

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
(Psalm 51:1-2 ESV)

I am a mass contradictions; I don’t want to be but I am. I preach the gospel of peace, but my life isn’t always driven by peace.
I talk about a Jesus who alone can fully satisfy the soul, but I am often not satisfied.
I celebrate the theology of amazing grace, but I often react in ungrace.
And if rest in God’s control, why do I seek it for myself?
Even in moments when I think I am prepared, I end up doing what I didn’t want to.

Wrong talk

Are not the fruit of the new life, are not the way of grace.
So there is this law operating inside of me.
When I step out with a desire to do good, evil follows me wherever I go.
There is this war that rages inside of me, between a desire to for good
and sin that is anything but good.
There are times when I feel like a prisoner. held against my will.
I didn’t plan to be mad in the grocery store, but that guy made me mad.
I didn’t plan to be discontent, but it just enveloped me in the quietness of the car
That discussion wasn’t supposed to degenerate into an argument, but it did.
I am thankful for God’s grace, but there is daily evidence that I’m still in need of help.
That battle inside me cannot be solved by

Helpful hints

I have been humbled by the war I cannot win.
I have been grieved by desires I cannot conquer
I have ben confronted by actions I cannot excuse.
And I have come to confess that what I really need is rescue.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know the transgressions
And my sin is always before me
I embrace the rescue that could only be found in You.
Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord!


1. Is there a place right now where how you live is not consistent with what you say you believe? Isn’t it wonderful that you do not have to panic, hide, or be depressed? Stop and confess your inconsistency to the One who was consistent so that you could be accepted and forgiven even in your moments of greatest inconsistency.

2. What temptations tend to hook you again and again? Are you holding onto and celebrating the grace that have been given that really is greater and more powerful than any sin that hooks you?


About John
A follower of Christ and sinner who needs his grace everyday.

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