Cleanse Me

If we confess our sins, 
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- 1 John 1:9 -

Search me, O God, and know my heart today;
Try me, my Savior, know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin and set me free.

I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
Fulfill Thy Word and make me pure within.
Fill me with fire where once I burned with shame;
Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.

Lord, take my life and make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine.
Take all my will, my passion, self, and pride;
I now surrender, Lord - in me abide.

O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
Send a revival - start the work in me.
Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.
- J. Edwin Orr -

"Cleanse Me" was written in 1936 after a stirring Easter convention 
in Ngaruawahia, New Zealand.
Fervent meetings sprang up throughout the city.
Inspired by this intense movement of the Holy Spirit,
Dr. Orr took time as he left New Zealand to write the verses of "Cleanse Me"
on the back of an envelope in the Post Office.
In following campaigns in Australia and other parts of the world,
Dr. Orr often used this hymn to encourage new spiritual awakenings.
His ceaseless prayer was that the people of God would be stirred to pray 
for yet another worldwide awakening.
{ From Amazing Grace by Kenneth W. Osbeck }

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness;
that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Hide thy face from my sins,
and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit within me.
- Psalm 51: 7 - 10 -

Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
- Psalm 139: 23, 24 -

Have a joyous and blessed Lord's Day!
Hugs to you, dear friends!

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Sylvia said...

Beautiful post and photo's, Stephanie! My hearts desire is to please my Lord and Savior!

mamasmercantile said...

Such a lovely post of beauty. God bless.

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh, dearest Stephanie...what thought you put into your lovely images... I always feel so peaceful when I visit your blog and Sunday is one of my favourite times to stop by - you share such uplifting and beautiful encouragement for the Believer striving to walk in upright ways!
What an incredible and sweet blessing you are in my life, as I know you are in the lives of many. It always amazes me to think how great this blog community is and how God uses each of us to encourage one another in the faith!
I trust you are feeling much better today and that in the coming week you will be completely restored to health!
Blessings and much dear love to you in Jesus Christ our mighty Saviour!

Anne Payne said...

Hello, sweet Stephanie! I have missed visiting your blog. It does my heart good to relish in the Word of God and to be encouraged and uplifted by the words in this precious hymn. Such beautiful words from Dr Orr. Thank you for posting this today.

Debbie Harris said...

Stephanie~Your elegant images with that hymn nearly took my breath away, sigh...
Such an excellent hymn to cause us to reflect on our lives lived for Christ. Send a revival oh Lord, straight to my own heart!

I enjoyed this Sunday post today my dear, and thank you for being willing to share that which brings us to our knees and glorifies the Savior.

Be blessed!
Love you~Mom

NanaDiana said...

I did not know the background on that song, Stephanie. What beautiful photos to accompany it, too. Hope you are feeling 100% better. xo Diana

Michele said...

That is absolutely lovely - the verses, the gorgeous pictures - and your Faith.

Blessings to you today and always, Stephanie. Hugs.

Mari said...

Very interesting to read the story behind the song. Thanks for another beautiful Sunday post!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Stephanie, aren't white roses so very special? Your pictures with the roses and pearls dangling are so sweet. You know, my white roses are coming along nicely in the garden, but the red and pink ones are slow growing.

White roses are so beautiful, indeed.

love, ~Sheri

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dear Stephanie, thank you for sharing these rich, wonderful hymns that I remember so well singing when I was younger. Oh, that we would continue to strive to live in the light of His presence, always desiring to live clean before Him...and the world. I so love the power of the Holy Spirit and His ability to work deep within our hearts through His Word. May we continue to dig deeper and love Him more each day! I love the beautiful roses and stunning of these hymns. I also love to read (and sometimes re-read) the stories of how these hymns came about. It's almost always often during times when He draws us near to Himself in trials and hard times. Thank you, precious friend, for giving and sharing with us! A blessed Lord's Day to you and your family! Hugs!

Linda said...

Beautiful. Thank you dear friend. Blessings

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Stephanie, your post is so very beautiful! Thank you and have a beautiful day! Jo

Anonymous said...

This was again a beautiful post, dear Stephanie :) I always love my visits to your lovely blog. You are such a sweet example and friend! I am so thankful that the Lord crossed our paths :)

I hope you are feeling much better and back to normal. It sounded like you had quite the stomach bug, so I hope it's made it's way out of your house by now!

Hope your week is full of blessings and sunshine! Love and hugs to you, sweet friend <3

Linda Walker said...

Another lovely post for a Sunday! Along with the beautiful hymn, we even get to learn a little something about it's history. So interesting!
ps I LOVE the white roses!

magnoliasntea said...

Beautiful Lord's Day post, Stephanie!
Psalms 51: 7-10 is one of my favorite passages. Love the photos!

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Stephanie, Such a beautiful and uplifting post with the perfect hymn.
So hope you are feeling better and on the mend to a new week.
Hugs and Blessings always.

Wanda said...

Beautiful verses and you gotta love roses and pearls.
Hope your feeling better by now. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful song, Stephanie. Thank you for posting such a reassuring reminder!

Anonymous said...

Such precious lyrics and beautiful photos, Stephanie. Wishing you a nice week.

janice15 said...

So beautiful Stephanie, wvery word touched my Heart. Very lovely post, i indeed needed it thank you for sharing with love Janice

Jazzmin said...

What peace and delight your beautiful photos and post brought to me. I am so glad for these reminders of the incredible grace that God gives us in cleansing us of all sin. I always feel like I am reminded of verses by you, sweet friend, that I have not read in a while and am so glad to read again. I am so thankful for those words especially at Psalm 139♥

I pray you are doing well and hope your weekend has been blessed, dear friend!!

Love and huge hugs to you,
Jazzmin :)

Jazzmin said...

P.S. And I LOVVEEEEE your pearls! Beautiful!! ;)

Sola Scriptura said...

What a beautiful hymn. I really enjoy your Sunday posts!

Kim said...

Lovely photos, lovely roses, lovely verses. One of my favourite hymns is Search Me O God. Your post is such a blessing, Stephanie!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And during my drive to work, I am asking Him this: cleanse me. To serve Him with an open heart, the JOY OF IT!!!!!!! Good morning sweet friend! Anita

Unknown said...

What a blessing those words are!

Conniecrafter said...

I do love that song, and it is a daily prayer! Your pictures are so lovely also, such a talent God has blessed you with. I hope this finds you feeling much better and enjoying the spring time weather :)

Diane said...

Blessings to you, dear friend!

D : )

Cranberry Morning said...

Those are among my favorite Scripture verses. I didn't know about the history of the hymn. It is true that revival starts in our own hearts through true repentance. Beautiful post.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing more precious than the Word of Our Lord living inside each of us that love HIM! Thank you so much for sharing dear lady :0) mari

Vee said...

We need another of those great revivals...

Dee said...

I've never heard that hymn before, but the words are so beautiful and encouraging. Thank you for another amazing and inspirational post.

Have a delightful week... :)

My Garden Diaries said...

I think we could all benefit to be reminded of this as we all have things we could do better at or be better at. Such an important and beautiful message for us my friend......Wishing you a wonderful week ahead! Nicole xoxo

OldFashionGirl said...

Wow, that was so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Feral Turtle said...

Beautiful post Stephanie!

Denise said...

Such a beautiful post, like your heart. Have always loved that song.

Mindy said...

Your Sunday posts never fail to touch my heart...

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