The value of a pure heart and steadfast spirit?

‘Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.’ (Psalm 51v10)
Interestingly, the verses before this give us an insight as to why David requests that God renew a steadfast Spirit within him.

‘Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity. ‘(Psalm 51v7-9)

Now, while many people believe the psalm to be David’s confession to God having sinned with (Uriah’s wife) Bathsheba, the thing that I take from this is how reflective the king becomes in the light of the mistake he has made.

Almost instantly, David recognises he has done wrong and he identifies the problem: that being that David has a wayward heart. One that is prone to wander and lust for things that are neither glorifying to God nor himself. And what is David’s solution to the problem?

  1. He asks God to (re) create in him a pure heart that will make him obedient in future.
  2.  He requests God renew a steadfast spirit within him so he won’t be inclined to wander in future.

David’s request of God tells us something about his contrition and sorrow at his mistakes. Moreover, his desire to change and become wiser from the events that have come upon him. Something that all of us can learn from in order to be more obedient to God.

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