“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” Psalm 51:10
A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan confronted David after he committed adultery with Bathsheba. God wants our hearts to be right with Him. Which makes our hearts an obvious and vulnerable battlefield attack point for our enemy, Satan.
King David, was a poet, musician, courageous warrior, confident battlefield general, and statesman for the nation of Israel. He was also one of the most transparent writers in the Bible and one of the most faithful followers of God. And the only character in all of the Scriptures to have our Lord declare of him to be a “man after my own heart.” But hardly a model of sinless behavior (like most all of us). In pursuing one moment of sensual pleasure, he forfeited the respect of the people he ruled and added to his fall from grace by killing the husband of Bathsheba, to disguise his sin.
I love Psalm 51 because if any of his writings show why God considered David to be a man after His heart, this is it. David recognized that his sin was against God and not those who were harmed because of his sin. And David, in our verse for today, recognized this need and cried out for a “new heart”.
DAILY BATTLE ORDER:
In Ezekiel 36:26a God declares that He will “give us a new heart and put a new spirit in us.” When we are born again, God performs a heart transplant when we become believers. He gives us a new heart. The Holy Spirit changes our hearts from sin-focused to God-focused. This promise was fulfilled through what Jesus did for us. Your order today, is to guard your new heart. Trust the Holy Spirit to keep you from ungodly desires so you can love God and people like Jesus does!