Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
These words of Scripture may be so familiar to so many of you. They are to me. Even now, one of the worship tunes, to which these words have been put to, is going through my head. And I’m praying and I’m singing. And I’m sure of the truth of these God-given words.
What I really need to be sure of, and desire, is that I am sincerely praying these words for myself. Then, I need to be prepared for my Abba, for my Holy God to do whatever He needs to do to purify and strengthen my heart, to do whatever He needs to do to renew and make my spirit unwaveringly resolute and devoted to following and trusting my Lord Jesus.
Our heart, in the biblical sense, is the source where all of our emotions, thoughts, motivations and actions are formed and founded. Our heart is the source from which all of these flow. It is through the flow and expression of our hearts – through our emotions, thoughts, motivations and actions – that I, and all others, are known, perceived, seen, heard and experienced.
And I can tell you with absolute certainty that my God needs to continually purify so many of my emotions, thoughts, motivations and actions! My God needs to purify my heart! My heart and its flow have all been mucked up with the yuck of this world and with my own mucky, yucky choices. Sin and brokenness from the world still come at me. Sin and brokenness still wrestle within me, and sometimes I just invite them in to be a guest and stay for a while.
O God, create in me a pure heart! Do Your deep cleansing, Your pervasive and persistent purification in me. Holy One, I need You to shape and lead my every emotion, thought, motivation and action. O my God, create in me a heart that more purely, passionately, fully and freely reflects Your heart at all times, in all places, with all people!
And there are days when my spirit is absolutely shaken. Never God’s truths, never God’s love, are shaken. God is God. Unchangeable and faithful. But my spirit can be shaken by the hard and unwanted, the difficult and unexpected, the frustrating and evil circumstances of this world. My spirit needs to be steadied by my steadfast God because I am frail, flawed and finite.
O God, renew in me a steadfast spirit. I need Your holy balance to hold me continually. I need Your love to come fill me again and again. I need Your peace to calm my fears. I need Your grace and truth, Your Word and Your Spirit to rule completely over all of me, from my innermost being to every thought, word, action and reaction that comes from me. I need You to transform me to be more like You. I need You to renew my spirit to be more like Yours!
Our loving Abba knows our deep and desperate need for our hearts to be continually cleansed, forgiven and purified. Our loving Abba knows our deep and desperate need for our spirits to be steadied in this changing and uncertain world. And it is God’s joy to create in us a pure heart and renew a steadfast spirit within us! It is God’s joy to make us more like Him!
In love, peace and purposeful passion,