“Create in me a pure heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10
What is it to be of a “pure” or “clean” heart?
Purity might make you think of many different things, but for me it makes me think of freedom. To have a pure heart is to have a heart that is not infiltrated by corruption or evil, to have a heart that is fully open and honest to God, to have a heart that is seeking GOOD things, holy things, things that are good for you and humanity. A pure heart is a beautiful thing to seek and a thing that keeps us honest and open to God.
And yet for so many of us, we may struggle to “feel” like we can have a pure heart.
Well, this is where Jesus steps in. As we cry out to God as David did in this Psalm, we’re not asking God to create a pure heart in us because of our merit, but rather he makes this purity of heart available to us because Jesus has paid for it at the cross. He’s bought it for you and I and He wants us to live in the freedom of the purity Christ gives us.
I am reading an amazing book right now which gives narrative to a troubled man who was plagued with guilt and corruption for years until He returns to God with all his heart:
“He confessed his sins before the Lord…. then he prostrated himself before the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob and beseeched Him for forgiveness and restoration. That night [He] slept without nightmares, for the first time in more years than he could count.” (“Lineage of Grace”, Rivers)
No matter how dark or far-from-God we may feel our hearts have gone; He’s made a way for all of this to be cleansed and renewed because of Jesus. All we need to do is call upon His name; take time to seek Him, bring everything before Him – there’s nothing He doesn’t already know – and let Him in, let Him deal with the darkest or most impure experience because He wants you to be free.
– Pastor Helen Ratcliffe