Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
This is David’s prayer of repentance. What is repentance? It is a change of heart or thinking (Gr. metanoia). David has sinned with Bathsheba and when confronted before God he repented.
What does repentance look like? David gives us an insight with his prayer “create in me a pure heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me”. This is David’s change of thinking before God.
This has two elements. 1) A pure heart and 2) Steadfast spirit.
1. Create in me a pure heart.
Why does David pray this? We need one because we don’t have one naturally. Ezekiel 36 tells us God fashions in us a newness of heart to desire Him and His ways over the ways of the flesh. We will follow the desires of our heart. A pure heart will follow a Holy God.
2. Renew a steadfast spirit.
A steadfast and faithful spirit is the Spirit of God in our lives. But when we fall we need to renew that and restore that back to a place of committing our way before Him. That is why David wrote of the Lord being the shepherd who “restores our soul” (Ps 23).
When we fall and repent, a new heart to know and follow God and a renewed Spirit and commitment to walk in the ways of God is what we need. David prayed for it and so should we.
PRAYER: Father, I repent of my sinfulness and following after my flesh. Clean my heart. Renew my Spirit before you Lord. Allow me to know and walk in your ways. In Jesus name, Amen.