Psalm 51:10

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Thoughts from Pastor Josh

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Behind the Scenes

Psalm 51 is attributed to King David, one of the greatest of ancient Israel’s kings. You can find his story in the books of 1 and 2 Samuel. He started life as a shepherd boy, but God anointed him to be King over His people. David was noted as a man after God’s own heart. God was with David as the young shepherd defended his father’s flocks from lions and bears. God’s Spirit flowed through David as he killed the Philistine named Goliath, a huge and mighty warrior, who was taunting Israel’s armies. God walked with David during dark years when he was hunted by Israel’s King Saul who hated David for his popularity with the people of Israel and his success in battle. God was faithful to David and eventually made David king of Israel. David possessed a strong faith, but like us he was human, so his heart contained evil.     

One day, David was at home at his palace while his army was away campaigning against Israel’s enemiesAs evening fell that day, David walked on the top floor of his palace and saw a beautiful woman named Bathsheba bathing at a nearby house. David sent messengers to bring the woman to him and he slept with her. Bathsheba could not say no to her king. In our day, this would be considered rape. David’s sin did not stop there but eventually it resulted in David ordering the murder of Bathsheba’s husband, a loyal soldier of Israel. A prophet of God named Nathan confronted David with his sin and David realized that he had not only sinned against Bathsheba and her husband but against God as well. Psalm 51 is David’s cry of despair and prayer for forgiveness, “Create in me a pure heart, O God.” 

Make it Real

Like David, we have evil in our hearts, so our lives and communities suffer from our actions and the actions of those around us. But we have good news! God does not leave us helpless. He answers the prayer of Psalm 51:10 and works to create a pure heart within us and build a steadfast spirit that continues to walk with God no matter what our circumstances. Nehemiah 36:26 is a verse that answers the prayer of David where God states He will indeed give us a new heart and a new spirit. He sent His Son Jesus to die for the evil in our hearts. If you place your faith in Jesus, God looks at you and sees the goodness of Jesus, not the evil in our heart. Plus, God’s Spirit works within us to give us that purity of heart and steadfastness of spirit. Therefore, when we pray like David asking for a pure heart and steadfast spirit, it is both a fervent prayer of humility and repentance and a claiming of a promise of God.   

Pour your heart out to God:  your addictions, your sorrow, your bitterness, your unforgiveness, your doubts, your fears, all the junk that drags you down. It may take a day or a lifetime, but God will heal and restore your heart and spirit. What a powerful prayer this is! 

Johnny Spence

Johnny Spence

ACF Devo Team

End in Prayer

Hey God,  

Help me pray like David to create a pure heart within me and a steadfast spirit that endures life’s struggles.  Let me feel your love and holiness.   Let me grasp the love of Jesus and feel a new spirit build within me.   Heal my heart, Lord.   

I love you and thank you God,