Everything we think, say, and do must be scrutinized to bring everything into alignment with His will.
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.
Do we desire to have a pure heart? Do we use our words to bless others? If we do, then we are pleasing to King Jesus. In a sense, we are always pleasing to Him, but our lives should be reflecting our relationship with Him. King David was a man after God’s own heart and here is what he said,
Teach me your way, Lord, that I may walk in your truth and rely on Your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11
David had the same problem we have in that he had the desire to follow the Lord and to be righteous and holy, but couldn’t maintain it. We have the Holy Spirit within us and we STILL can’t maintain it! Here is his prayer after his debacle with Bathsheba:
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
Let’s break it down:
- Only God can create a pure and clean heart within us. What we need is a steadfast spirit, one that is determined to be righteous and holy and live for Him. He will empower us if we ask Him and demonstrate a steadfast spirit.
- We have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). We don’t have to worry about our relationship with Him. We DO need to be concerned with our fellowship with Him. Let’s not ignore Him and pretend He doesn’t hear or see–or isn’t there! That’s childish.
- We need for Him to restore our joy and to grant us a willing spirit. We cannot generate these attributes on our own. Many times, it’s a moment-by-moment situation. KEEP ASKING!
- The goal for each of us should be to pass along what we know and have learned to others. Let’s be looking for opportunities to share what God has taught us. He will bring people into our lives and across our paths and prompt us to give a word of exhortation, a nugget of knowledge, a bit of wisdom, or an illustration of something we have learned as we walk with Christ daily. Be on the look-out!
Let’s let Jesus into every part of our lives. There is so much that we consider just normal life that has its roots in the world. We MUST get better at discerning what is holy and what is unholy. Jesus can help us with that. In fact, He’s the ONLY ONE who can!
Abba, I start afresh and anew in You today. You renew me daily–and I am so glad! I ask for an undivided heart, O LORD. May I walk in Your truth as we walk together. Amen.