Devotional Bible Study: Create In Me A Clean Heart | Psalm 51:10.
Welcome to Day 20. for one of our short powerful devotions from the 31 Bible Verses About Practicing The Presence Of God. This short devotional is based on Psalm 51:10.
Read Psalm 51:10.
"Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me."
David wrote Psalm 51. Do you know David?
You probably know David as a shepherd boy or a Psalmist or as the second King of Ancient Israel.
I recognize David as " a man after God's heart ".
The reason I never forget this is that he committed murder and adultery, then David sincerely repented and was forgiven by God. We are told all about David's exploits in the book of Samuel in the Old Testament and it is in the New Testament in Acts 13:22 that God sees David "as a man after God's heart". David was given complete forgiveness because of his sincere and desperate prayer for a clean heart.
Why did David ask God to "create in me a clean heart"?
In Psalm 51 King David cries out to God for His mercy and forgiveness because God had been dealing with him about his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah. Some biblical scholars say that it was probably a full year from David committing these actions to the time of him writing this Psalm. David was full of guilt, grief, and remorse. He badly needed spiritual heart surgery that only God could perform.
I found a very interesting fact on the Hebrew meaning behind the word 'create' that David used in his prayer "create in me a clean heart".
"According to Bible scholars, when David prayed “Create in me a clean heart” he used the same Hebrew verb that is used in Genesis 1:1 for the creation of the world, emphasizing that the kind of radical cleansing he needed could only come from God. David apparently knew the redirection of his desires and thoughts could only come about through the intervention of God, as well. "
Join me below for a short devotional on how to purify your heart for God and join me at the bottom of the post for prayer for a clean heart.
Short Devotional: Create In Me A Clean Heart
How can God create in me and you a pure heart?
1. The first step in preparing your heart for God to cleanse is acknowledging that Jesus died on the cross, rose again and that His blood covers your sin. You have probably already taken this step or you would not be interested in reading this devotional!
2. Now you need to spend time with your risen savior. It doesn't matter if you have just become a Christian (surrendered your life to God) or if you have been walking with Jesus for a very long time, we all need to be practicing the presence of God continually. That is our armor!
You need to renew your mind through reading God's word regularly so that His words sink into your soul and through prayerfully reading scripture, you will hear God speaking to your heart and directing you in the way you should go through life.
3. We are called to set our minds on things above, not on things of the earth . Be careful what you spend your time on. Does it set God's peace in your heart or do some of your activities draw you away from Him? Wise King Solomon told his son to, "Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life." You may have to let go of friendships that are causing you more harm or maybe your job isn't compatible with your Christian walk. Invite God into all your decision-making and ask Him to highlight anything that needs to be changed in your life.
4. Have you asked God for forgiveness?
Have you accepted His forgiveness?
Did you notice that in our Bible study section above I mentioned David had a truly repentant heart? He had sought God's forgiveness and he was given it. Even though David had committed adultery and murder, it did not define the way God saw him.
I just love that in Acts 13:22 we are told that God still saw him as a "man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will". What a statement!
Use the following questions to help you go deeper into what God is saying to you through our bible verse today.
Is your heart right with God?
Today's devotional is based on Psalm 51:10 which is from our Practicing The Presence Of God: 31 Presence Of God Scriptures Plan. You will find a free printable PDF of 31 scriptures about God's presence in the Resource Library. It has a bible reading plan, guided prayer, and gratitude journal. Download this free printable or grab a notebook and answer the following questions.
What is God saying to you through this verse?