“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
The act of creation brought about major changes: where there was once nothing, God created everything, the whole universe. For us personally, though, the greatest change occurs when Christ comes into our hearts as our Savior and Lord. Then everything about us changes, and then subsequently when we receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost; change turns to transformation ….
Jesus said to Nicodemus (and to each one of us), “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3). Nicodemus was correct in saying that this could not happen naturally, but we know that all things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26). More than 500 years before Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, God had said to His people: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26).
Though this change of heart is a miraculous onetime event, our hearts can sometimes stray and need to turn back to God. That is why the psalmist David asked God to cleanse him and “renew a right spirit within” him. When our hearts are cold or hardened, in other words, when we’ve ceased praying, reading the Word, or attending to what God has called us to; we aren’t right. David knew personally the bitter experience of straying from God ~ his adultery had caused havoc in his life and family (2 Samuel 11-15).
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
May we always be contrite and seek to be renewed by God daily. May we be aware when we have begun to stray from the path and begin to pray ….
Search me, O God, and know my heart today; try me, O Savior, and know my thoughts, I pray. See if there be some wicked way in me; cleanse me from every sin, and set me free. In Jesus Christ, Amen.