Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your Salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
The author of this specific scripture has always fascinated me. King David, the author, failed time and time again and his heart always genuinely longed to be closer to the Father; to be more like God. David longed for his heart to beat perfectly in rhythm with the Father’s heart. He knew that who he was only part of who God ultimately desired him to be, but there is more to the story. David wanted a heart like that of the Father in the truest form possible. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the next few verses.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Delver me from blood guiltiness O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my moth will declare your praise. For you will not delight in sacrifice or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
David’s ability to recognize the Father’s desire is evident here and is complete proof as to why we refer to David as the man after His heart (Acts 13:21). His heart was for people just like the Father’s and he was constant and active in sharing the faithfulness of God. King David’s desire was to show people who God is regardless of who he was. His earthly nobility, victories, failings, shepherding, and his worship were only the tools God used to show His people His faithfulness and His hope and desires for them.
By looking at David, we can see there is hope for us because he was just like us in all of our brokenness and our messes. Let these scriptures be your prayer today and every day. Pray God would create a new heart within you and that He would give you the boldness and the words to communicate His love to those around you. Pray that God would break you both wholly and holy for His sake and that He would make your heart beat in perfect rhythm with His. Strive to be like David today, in that in spite of his mess….his heart was still after the Father’s.