The Way Back (Psalm 51), Part X

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 51: 9-10

The fifty-first Psalm is one of my favorite Psalms and one of my favorite chapters in the Bible.  It is the song and prayer of David’s confession after his sins of adultery with Bathsheeba and subsequent murder of her husband, Uriah.  In my opinion, this chapter is the best example in the Bible of a prayer of a true penitent.  If we ever find ourselves having sinned, this is the chapter that shows us “the way back to God.”  We will take a couple of weeks and look at it verse by verse.

In verse 10, David asks the Lord to “create in me a clean heart,” and to “renew a right spirit within me.”  When we sin and stray from our Father, our heart gets dirty.  When we sin and stray, we do so out of a wrong spirit.  Our heart needs cleaned and our spirit needs straightened out.  We need to get both fixed.

If you have ever strayed from the Lord and then came back to Him, you can say from experience just how wonderful it is to have that right spirit once again.  When you read this Psalm, you can almost feel the desperation with which David is praying.  And there are few prayers more desperate than those of one who realizes his need for forgiveness and mercy.  When we find ourselves in that position, having a clean heart and a right spirit become the most important things in the world.

If we don’t have a clean heart and a right spirit, we need to pray this prayer with David.  If we do have a clean heart and a right spirit, we need to be thankful for them and do everything in our power to keep them.  They are precious things indeed.

2 responses to this post.

  1. I love this prayer and like to pray it often. I can slip without always knowing it right away. God bless you and yours Ben . .. have a great weekend!


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