“Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.” (Psalm 51:9 NIVUK) The Best Man at a wedding was struggling to sign the register with an unfamiliar fountain pen, so the minister leaned over and whispered in his ear, “Put your weight on it, man.” Moments later, the marriage schedule read, “John Smith, 12 stone 5 pounds!” Okay, it’s probably an apocryphal story, but it made me smile. On the whole, folk are not used to using a nib-pen these days. It’s a skill that has largely been lost. Along with that has gone the need for blotting paper. This was the stuff used to ensure the liquid ink did not spread too far on the page, or blotch if a book was closed too quickly. It could also be employed if some ink was spilled accidentally. Quite literally, the blotting paper absorbed the excess ink and tidied up the whole situation.
Similarly, in verse 9 of Psalm 51, David prays that the LORD will blot out his iniquity. And, the One Who absorbs those sins is Jesus. It was not ink but His blood, which was poured out on the Cross at Calvary. Through this sacrifice Christ came to clean up the lives of all who will turn to Him in faith.