‘Create in me a clean heart…’
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You. (Psalm 51:10-12)
“Create in me a clean heart, O God” – I repent and move away from the sins that have trapped me & soiled my heart and soul. Take that soiled heart & soul and cleanse them, make them whole in You, that I may seek & run after You.
“and renew a steadfast spirit within me” – I strayed from You and Your saving & anointing work in my life; create in me an impenetrable wall that will keep me close to You and far from sin.
“Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me” – The punishment I deserve for my sins – the judgement and verdict- thrown in hell and all connection with God severed is more than I can bear. I do not want to be separated from You.
“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous spirit.”– Save me from the judgement and verdict that I deserve & help me to always remember, with joy and thanksgiving what You’ve done for me. Light the fire of Your love, passion and boldness for You within me. And teach me to seek You first and only, and to lift nothing else – no other gods, before You.
“Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.”– The result of having a heart cleaned by You, forgiven by You, and Your joy renewed within me is that I will teach and proclaim You ways to those I see and meet. The joy and love that You have placed within me will overflow to those around me.