Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – (Psalm 51:10, NIV)
God, create a pure heart in me, and make my spirit strong again. – (Psalm 51:10, ERV)
Create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please You. – (Psalm 51:10, TPT)
A pure heart is fairly clear, yet a steadfast spirit seems to be much more than strong. Under further investigation, steadfast is defined as: fixed in direction, firm in purpose, unwavering faith, and firmly established. These descriptors are far more helpful in expressing the prayer of my heart, as my desire is to have a pure heart and a spirit within me that is fixed in direction, firm in purpose, unwavering in faith, and firmly established in Christ. My desire is for my heart, mind and spirit to fix on the things of God, so that I am able to love as I am called to love. Thor, our puppy, is a tangible illustration for me, as though he can be mischievous and a little crazy, his love and trust in us is unwavering. God desires for us to love and trust Him in the same way, despite our shortcomings. May we all seek the Lord to cleanse our hearts and establish a steadfast spirit within us, so that we may walk out our days in His will.
O Lord, help my heart,
To be clean and pure;
So my words and deeds,
Show Your love is sure.
Please renew and grow,
Steadfastness in me;
Let all that I do,
Show Your love clearly.
Lead me and guide me,
In all of my ways;
So I reflect You,
Throughout all my days.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your willingness to cleanse our hearts and solidify steadfast spirits within us. Forgive us for our sinfulness. Teach us to invest in relationship with You, so that we may be made pure and steadfast before You. Show us how to love purely and with clear direction from You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to make our hearts pure and our spirits steadfast. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. – Proverbs 4:26