Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalms 51:10
Our minds are greatly determinate to the quality of our life. Today’s verse remains a regular prayer for me. As I read through Psalms 51 this week, I remembered that I used to have this verse written on a card. Surely, I passed it along. Today I rewrote it and wrote Psalm 51:1 on the flip side.
Have you ever thought about how many verses in Scripture are related in one manner or another to our thoughts? Maintaining a clean heart is more of a challenge than ever. What our eyes and ears are exposed to daily without our interest or invitation can affect our minds and so our hearts.
By keeping our mind and heart pure, we will be offended by things that are against God. I am not going to list things that might offend. We know what interrupts our peaceful minds. Keeping our hearts and minds pure has great benefit. With practice and by the grace of God, we can protect our hearts by what we allow to enter and stay in our minds.
When I am “in the Spirit,” I feel I can drop to my knees to talk to God without feeling that I need to introduce myself and apologize for neglecting our friendship. Does anyone else feel that way? Pondering this, and writing these words is a reminder to me. God’s Word teaches that He will not hear our prayer if we have sin in our heart: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: “ (Psalms 66:18) The word “regard” is important. Regard is more than a passing thought; if we regard something, we give it our attention, and sometimes, our affection.
Ladies, the mind and the heart are irrefutably linked; you recognize this. The Bible tells us what kinds of things to think about, things that are lovely, praiseworthy and of good report, etcetera. (Philippians 4:8) Philippians 4:8 serves as a gauge or checklist to monitor what I think about. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Today’s verse is a reminder, with a plea. We are daily inundated by things that have none of the positive characteristics of Philippians 4:8. Maintaining a clean heart and a pure spirit is no easy task but failure to is why the world has no peace.
This prayer is two-fold. This short, easy to memorize verse asks for two things:
- That God would create a clean heart in us. This tells me that we have supernatural support; that is what God wants for us and is willing to create for us.
- That God would renew a right spirit within me. One is not possible without the other.
The essays this month were intended to be short nuggets for edification, but I have struggled with this one and I began writing it, thinking it was an easy one. It has not been. Psalm 51:10 is a short prayer, but far from simple. I encourage you to consider and pray this verse today. I believe God will take you down the path of other verses as He has me. I welcome you to share my path tomorrow as I tell you about some verses that challenged me as I wrote today.
I believe the holier a man becomes, the more he mourns over the unholiness which remains in him. Charles Spurgeon
Might I always become quickly uncomfortable with sin. And renew a right spirit within me.