A Pure Heart
“Create in me a pure heart ,O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
It’s the start of a new year, a time to take a deep breath and start fresh. We make lists, we make plans, we declare our resolutions but the simple part of all these ends there. Next it’s up to us to be disciplined, motivated and honorable in order to uphold our end of the “bargain.”
In Psalm 51, David is asking for forgiveness, acknowledging God’s loving kindness and tender mercies. He admits his transgressions and sins and asks God to wash him and make him clean.
We may not be looking at the past year and all our mistakes, but the sentiment can feel the same when we have a moment to think about the coming future.
This passage may have been about David’s transgressions and God’s forgiveness, but it is also about the faith and certainty we have, asking our Lord to wipe away all the days past and give us the unwavering discipline we need to hold steady, one day at a time.
- stead·fast, stedˌfast – adjective
- resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
- “steadfast loyalty”
- synonyms: loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable,steady, true, constant, staunch, solid, trusty