“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
Search me… test me… lead me… have mercy on me… cleanse me… wash me …. Now… create in me… a clean heart, and renew within me… a steadfast spirit. Once David was forgive, he asked for not just a clean heart but a focus in his inner being that would keep him on track with God. “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.” vs. 12 I discover what’s wrong in my life; I go to the Source of forgiveness; and then I stay at that Source because it’s also the place where I learn how to stay away from sin and connected to the Savior—by having a steadfast spirit, a willing spirit to sustain me.
Whatever it takes, God, I need you to not just cleanse me and wash me; I need you to create a clean heart in me. That’s even beyond washing, that’s remaking. This is one of the reasons I like this psalm so much. It outlines such a complete picture of forgiveness, renewal, remaking, and hope, all focused on God. So now that I’ve been searched, and tested (and found the areas of concern as I desire a closer connection with Jesus) I ask Him to have mercy on me and lead me the way HE wants me to go, to cleanse me and wash me (and from Isaiah- I will be whiter than snow!) And now, to stay that way, I need a complete makeover! I need Him to make my heart clean which to me involves the seat of my emotions, my desires, my passions—ALL OF IT needs to be made over by Him SO THAT I can stay clean. And then I need a renewed steadfastness, or clear focus of what I want to be important in my life. I had it before, that’s why He is REnewing and not just “newing” it! How do you like that for command of the English language Dr Fitts?!
Sin separates me from God and I want back. He’ll take care of everything from helping me discover where I went wrong, to forgiving me, to cleaning me up, to creating a new heart and giving me back the old clarity of my “first love” when I would do anything to stay focused on Him. That’s where He wants me and that’s where He will bring me, IF I asked the right questions and respond to His right methods! A steadfast focus on God and a new heart created by Him ensures that I can relieve God of the need to have to go through the recovery process so thoroughly and so often. My clarity in asking gives me a clarity of understanding what an amazing God I love and serve. Please God, make that “steadfast” in my life.
Have a great day being recreated and renewed,