“Help me to choose to forgive many people. Oh Lord, I have such a mean spirit in me. Create in me a pure heart.” Wait. Where did that come from? I was journaling my grumbles, complaints, and grievances about others and then all of a sudden that scripture popped into my head. Wow. I didn’t even know that scripture was in my head, but since it popped out like that, I thought I better listen to it.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. —Psalm 51:10
I decided to explore some word definitions and give this scripture some serious meditation and thought.
Create – Bring into existence
Pure- Free of contamination
Renew- Resume after an interruption
Steadfast – Dutifully firm and unwavering
Pretty easy to understand. It’s only 8:05 a.m. and my attitude about others makes me certain that the Lord needs to create in me a pure heart because it doesn’t currently exist. However, the renew part makes me feel that my pure heart has only been interrupted so I can get it back! God will do the creating of the pure heart, but I think that I need to do my part to keep my heart free of contamination.
This morning I recognize that some of the events of the last couple of days have contaminated my heart. Hanging out with grumpy people, watching trash on the TV, allowing bantering political analysts to be the background noise of my day are just a few of the things that may contribute to the pollution in my mind and heart.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me. –Psalm 51:10-12
I’m going to take my willing spirit and look beyond the rain that is falling outside today. I’m going to seek out godly people to converse with and I’m going to turn on some praise music. God can create in me a new heart and I will do my part to keep it that way.