Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
We’ve all heard this verse before, but maybe you’re wondering what exactly does a pure heart and a steadfast spirit mean? This prayer that was written in Psalm 51:10 is something that we can cling to in times where the guilt consumes us or we just feel like we are doing absolutely everything wrong.
A pure heart is something that is so precious to God
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Mathew 5:8.
But what exactly does a pure heart mean? A pure heart is a clean heart that is lacking in all things evil including evil intents such as bitterness, jealousy, hatred, or batter. In order to have a pure heart you really do have to seek God’s guidance in all that you do, through prayer and council.
God never promised that it would be easy, but it is definitely worth it.
I mean who doesn’t want a heart that is so consumed with the glory, truths, and blessings of God?
In this verse a steadfast spirit is one that is devoted, loyal, and faithful completely to Christ. We all like to believe that we are devoted, loyal, and faithful followers of Christ; but when times get tough and a parent losses their child, a child losses their parent, a friend takes their life, a job is lost, or a relationship is failed do we honestly cling to a steadfast spirit?
The truth is that life is hard and there is no promises that it will ever get easier here on earth, but the good news is that Christ died for us all those years ago, on a cross, in order for us to be able to have a pure heart and a renewed steadfast spirit within ourselves.
It doesn’t matter where you came from or what you’ve done.
What matters is where you are going and what you will do if you live a life seeking God’s truth.
When things fall a part in our lives and we wonder why am I here? What is my purpose? God’s truth and promises are the one thing that we can cling to.
The ultimate goals as Christians is to reach lives for Christ and to try our hardest to become Christ like in all that we do.
These two goals cannot be completed without a pure heart and a steadfast spirit because those two attributes are examples of the characteristics of who God is.
So let’s pray that God will instill in all of us a pure heart and a steadfast spirit so that we can do all that we do in good conscience and in confidence that what is going on in our lives is all a part of God’s plan.
What He is doing may not make sense right now, it may not make sense to you in your lifetime; but rest and take joy in the fact that because of your pure heart and steadfast spirit you know that all things work together for good in His timing.