When Nathan Comes to Call
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Ask for mercy and purification
Have mercy on me
Cleanse me (2,7)
Let me hear joy and gladness
Admit and agree with God concerning our sin (3-5)
True confession and repentance:
A change of mind, leading to a change of heart, that results in a change of behavior.
Invite God to create and renew in you
He prays for a heart that would
- be firm in the purposes of virtue
- not yield to temptation
- carry out holy resolutions
- be steadfast in the service of God
Then we teach others what we have learned (v13)
David learned that the human heart is changed only by a divine agency. ~ Barnes
Journal: What is truth is God teaching your truth Psalm 51?
If I want a new heart I can ask for one. Create in me oh Lord…fashion, shape, and repair
Word Study Wednesday
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:12
Wow! I love the power of this verse! Notice the joy David wants returned is God’s joy not his own. (Joy of “thy” salvation.) Notice the joy of God’s salvation includes laughter. Oh how I love to laugh and to laugh with the Lord. David knows he needs a ready and consenting spirit.
Restore [return back] to me the joy [gladness, exultation, rejoicing, laughter] of your salvation [deliverance, rescue, safety, and welfare] and grant [establish, uphold] me a willing [cheerful, consenting, ready] spirit to sustain me.
Can we ask for the same thing?
Journal: Tell God something that you are thankful for.
I am thankful that despite my unfaithfulness, God still speaks to me and that He loves me enough to tell me the hard stuff.
Faith Stretching/Strengthening Friday
Journal: How is God stretching/strengthening your faith?
God is stretching me to love when it is hard.