“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”~Psalm 51:10 (KJV)
Psalm 51 is a prayer that came out of a time that King David had committed adultery with Bathsheba, and then murdered her husband Uriah. The prophet Nathan came to confront David. David’s heart had become contaminated and this contamination made a path for him to choose to sin and sin deeply. His sin created pain and death, ultimately the death of their firstborn son.
Has your heart become contaminated? You might be saying, “Well I haven’t committed adultery, and I sure haven’t killed anyone, I’m good.” Are you withholding love from God, your friends and family? If so, your heart could be contaminated. Maybe you’ve been confronted by the Nathans in your life, your friends and family have noticed a difference in you and can tell that you’re just not the same. Or maybe you’ve been able to hide it up until now and feel like not much damage has been done.
This is what God says about our hearts in Jeremiah 17:9-10 (MSG) “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.”
God loves us too much to leave us contaminated. He desires to cleanse us and purify our hearts. Besides, do you really think your heart is working at its optimal level if it’s full of junk? I’ve come to find that the condition of our heart is critical to our walk, talk, and influence on this world. Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” In order to see God in our midst, our heart must be pure.
So how does God purify us? First and foremost by Christ’s blood.1 John 1:7 tells us that the, “blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” Revelation 1:5 tells us that Jesus Christ has, “washed us from our sins in his own blood.” The blood of Jesus, it doesn’t get any purer than that. This is the precious blood of the most spotless and perfect lamb and man that ever existed.
How else are we purified? By water, or God’s word. Ephesians 5:26-27 tells us, “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
What is “it”? Well “It” is His church, it’s you and me. His own word sanctifies, cleanses, and preps us so that we can be presented as the bride of Christ, ready and holy. No spots, wrinkles, or blemishes. He wants us and He wants us pure so we can come to Him boldly. Hebrews 10:19 & 22-19 tells us, “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus… 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
God is calling you unto Him won’t you go to Him? “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 (KJV)
“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22
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