Words from the Heart for Monday July 30th, 2018
God, create a pure heart in me. Give me a new spirit that is faithful to you.
Psalm 51:10 (NIRV)
Create a Pure Heart
Mighty mountains, starry skies, roaring oceans, and wonders of the deep are all the result of the creative power of God. He also is the gracious God who will create a pure heart within us. He works where no one else can see. It is in that secret place that faithfulness to our God can be decided. Thank you, Lord, for your work in us.
According to a CTV report back in 2015, if you had a thirst for splashing out big bucks on your drinking water, you could consider a trip to Northern Ireland. A luxury hotel in Belfast was charging $53 a bottle for the “”purest water on Earth,”” supposedly taken from the wall of a glacier in the Canadian Arctic. A 750-millilitre bottle was the priciest item on the Merchant Hotel’s Water Menu, a new offering meant to cater to discerning connoisseurs d’eau.
King David had sinned big. He had committed adultery and murder and then tried to hide it all. But the Biblical principle of your sins being found out become evident when David was confronted by Nathan. When God brings that kind of conviction, we can either try to hide it or we can confess it immediately. David’s heart was broken when he came face to face with his sin, and he expresses that brokenness in Psalm 51. And then he cries out to the Lord for a new nature. He genuinely wants to be different. In verse 10 he pleads “God, create a pure heart in me. Give me a new spirit that is faithful to you.” David understood the deepest human need – to have a transformed heart. It isn’t enough for us to simply become a better person. We need to be made totally different. The Holy Spirit is able and willing to do that. If you need a life transformation, pray the prayer that King David did in Psalm 51. He will create in you a pure heart. He will give you a new spirit – the Holy Spirit – to fill and empower you.
These have been words from the heart.