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Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy (Tripp)

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What do you do when you've really blown it? Is sin really as dangerous and is grace really as powerful as the Bible says they are? Is there such a thing as a new beginning?

Sin and grace-these are the two themes of our lives. We all blow it and we all need to start over again. In Psalm 51, David tells his story of moral failure, personal awareness, grief, confession, repentance, commitment, and hope. And because David's story is every believer's story, Psalm 51 is every believer's psalm. It tells how we, as broken sinners, can be brutally honest with God and yet stand before him without fear.

Whiter Than Snow unpacks this powerful little psalm in fifty-two meditations, reminding readers that by God's grace there is mercy for every wrong and grace for every new beginning. Designed for busy believers, these brief and engaging meditations are made practical by the reflection questions that conclude each chapter.


Preface: Once a Week with Mercy

  1. Mercy Me: Psalm 51 and Everyday Life
  2. On Being Sustained
  3. Something in My Hands I Bring
  4. Big Grace
  5. A Rabbi and Two Imams
  6. Accurate Self-assessment
  7. Violent Grace
  8. Aren’t You Glad You’re Not Like David?
  9. No More ‘If Only’
  10. Something Bigger
  11. Romans 7
  12. Darkness and Light
  13. The Dance of Redemption
  14. Sin – It’s Everywhere, It’s Everywhere!
  15. Sinners and Unafraid
  16. The Gospel of Prosperity
  17. Somebody Else
  18. Unfailing Love
  19. The Lord’s Prayer
  20. Nathan’s Legacy
  21. What in the World Is Hyssop?
  22. Moral Vulnerability
  23. Everyone’s a Teacher
  24. Natal Trauma
  25. Wrecking Balls and Restoration
  26. When God is Glad
  27. Sin is a Relationship
  28. The Holy of Holies
  29. The Terrible Trinity
  30. Longing for Jesus
  31. Already, Not Yet
  32. Your Ultimate Fear
  33. Building the Walls
  34. Enough
  35. What Does It have to Do with Me?
  36. Immanuel
  37. Hoping for a Broken Heart
  38. Wisdom Is a Person  
  39. The Hardening of the Heart
  40. The Grace of a Clean Heart
  41. Righteous Judgment
  42. God’s Pleasure
  43. Sermon on the Mount
  44. Appealing to God’s Glory
  45. Sacrifices
  46. The Amazing Grace of Self-knowledge
  47. Forgiveness
  48. Grace That Hides
  49. Broken Bones
  50. Ready, Willing, and Waiting
  51. Reductionism
  52. Celebrating Redemption 


"Whiter Than Snow is music for the sinner's soul. In fifty-two personal, creative, and sometimes poetic devotionals, Paul Tripp responds to Psalm 51 the way a jazz musician improvises on a familiar tune. In making this sweet music, Dr. Tripp makes King David's confession our own, helping us get honest about our sin and opening our hearts to the mercy of Jesus." - Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

"Convicting and encouraging, cutting and healing. Paul Tripp delves into the misery of sin and the goodness of grace with insight and inspiration. This book wonderfully blessed me, and I pray for its widest possible reading." - Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Paul Tripp is president of Paul Tripp Ministries, the Professor of Pastoral Life and Care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, and has taught at respected institutions worldwide. As an author, Paul has written ten books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella, and they have four grown children.