by Beth Fore
“Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit
within me. Do not cast me
from your presence or take
your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy
of your salvation
and grant me a willing
spirit, to sustain me.”
(Psalm 51:10 NIV)
Create in Me
Create in me a pure heart
filled with love, joy, and peace.
Calm these inner struggles,
and give my soul release.
Renew my love and passion
for my Savior and my King.
Fill me with psalms and songs,
an offering to You I bring.
Cleanse me every day, Lord,
and make me pure and holy.
Comfort me with Your Spirit
as He lives inside of me.
Transform me with Your love,
Your mercy, and Your grace.
Strengthen me when I am weary
so that I can finish the race.
Welcome me with open arms
when my life on earth is done.
Let the angels sing “Hallelujah”
when the battle on earth is won.
by Beth Fore
*When a person becomes a Christian and is baptized, the old person no longer exists; and a new person (a new creation) has come to live a new life for Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
New Christians are usually very excited and delighted to be forgiven of their sins and to have the opportunity to begin anew in Jesus Christ. They are so thankful and grateful to God for his love, his kindness, his forgiveness, and the new life He promises them. But, too often, as time moves forward, these Christians become more influenced by their worldly culture and daily lives. But too often, as time moves forward, these Christians become more influenced by their worldly culture and daily lives. Then they are not as thankful and passionate as they once were.
It is then that we, like David, may pray the same prayer to our God, “Create within me a pure heart, oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Ps 51:10 NIV)
God is the great Creator, and He can create us at our physical birth the first time and re-create us again when we are baptized and born again. He can also re-create us many times when we need to be re-ignited with the fire of the Holy Spirit and become passionate and energized for the work God has for us to do in His kingdom.
It would do us good to pray these words every day. We desire to be strong and steadfast in the Lord daily, and we want to be in his presence under the guidance of his Holy Spirit so that we will be in an intimate, submissive relationship with Him always. We also want to be joyful and thankful for our salvation and the hope that we have to spend eternity with Him in heaven. So, let’s ask for these blessings every morning, and we will remain steadfast and firm in our faith and in our relationship with Jehovah God and Jesus Christ.
- Think back to the time when you were baptized and first became a Christian. How did you feel about God and Jesus? How involved and active and passionate were you in sharing your faith with other people?
- Did you lose some of your passion and zeal after you had been a Christian for a while? If so, why do you think this happened?
- Why do you think David specifically asked God to create in him a pure heart? Why do you think he asked God for a steadfast spirit?
- Now, why should you ask God to create a pure heart and a steadfast spirit within you?
- How can we keep the fire burning brightly within us and remain zealous and passionate for our Lord and Savior?
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