Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. – (Psalm 51:10, NLT)
God, create a pure heart in me, and make my spirit strong again. – (Psalm 51:10, ERV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God; restore within me a sense of being brand new. – (Psalm 51:10, VOICE)
My heart feels a bit messy. It is not anything in particular, but rather a collection of things that simply build up and begin to get the best of me. I rarely get sick, and am currently attempting to fend off some sort of sinus infection, and know that my resistance is down. The little things that I typically brush off, are wearing, and I know that much of my present heart state, is the overflow of my physical well-being. This, this is where I must run to Him again, and pray this prayer, as the crud that is building needs to be cleansed as only Christ can do. As He washes away the things that wear me down, a renewed sense of His strength returns and I am better equipped to navigate my days. May we each seek the Lord and His cleansing to wash away that which wears us down, and trust in His strength to renew us once again.
Oh Lord, here I stand,
Seeking only You;
For I am in need,
Of what You can do.
I need a clean heart,
A spirit made new;
Your strength breathed in me,
Help me lean on You.
Restore unto me,
Your strength and Your song;
So that I am clean,
Resilient and strong.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You hear our prayers. Thank You that You cleanse us and restore a strong spirit within us when we seek You. Thank You that this is not something that we need to figure out how to do on our own, but rather it is as we come to You, that we find the new. Forgive us for allowing life to wear us down without taking the time to rest in You. Show us how to seek You and trust You for all that we need from moment to moment, rather than just when we begin to reach our breaking point. Help us to love those around us well, so that we can extend the love and grace that gives Your strength to all those in need. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we come to You for cleansing, strength and restoration, often, as You never turn us away. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. – Psalm 145:8