Create in Me a Pure Heart – Part 2
“Create in me a pure heart, O God…” (Psalm 51:10 NIV)
In the middle of [his psalm of repentance], David spells out three absolutely essential things that he desperately needs from God:
1. “Create in me a pure heart.”
David asks God to “create in me a pure heart” (v. 10). David is asking for more than having his sin-stained heart washed. He has already asked for cleansing (vv. 2,7). Now he is going deeper. He wants God to start all over, to create a brand new heart that is pure to the core. He admits that apart from God, he is all twisted inside. He wants to see everything in his world with pure eyes, to hear with holy ears, and to act with godly responses.
His words go far beyond our common language of “vow religion” so prominent today: “O God, I promise to do better in the future. I won’t do this ever again.” Some of us have turned over more new leaves than Central Park. David has no such hope in his ability to pull this off. He calls on God, instead, to create something entirely new within him. The word create here is the same one used in Genesis 1:1, when God created the heavens and the earth. It means a divine act of bringing something wonderful out of nothing. The work is all of God.
Let me say that receiving a pure heart from God is better than getting healed of cancer. It is better than becoming rich overnight. It is better than preaching marvelous sermons or writing best-selling books. Receiving a pure heart is to be like God at the core of your being.
To be continued…
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Fresh Faith)
Read Psalm 51:7-10.