Day Three: Renewal

Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV)
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.

“The deepest renewal is spiritual, and it has a moral base. Since God is holy and since He has given us a conscience, we cannot be renewed apart from dealing with our moral failure before Him. Try as we may, we cannot remove sin by rationalization or denial. At some point our intellectual and psychological defense mechanisms will be broken. In that moment of truth when we face our own despair, God promises to come to us. But how will we know what to do? How can we experience His cleansing and renewing power? Psalm 51 becomes a key to new life. This great psalm opens the door to a radical change for each person who is willing to pray this prayer from the heart.” (Donald Williams, Psalms 1-72, The Preacher’s Commentary Series, Vol 13)

Prayer: Father, we humbly ask you to create in us a pure heart. May all our defense mechanisms be broken down as we pray this prayer from the heart. Would you restore the joy of salvation to us today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let’s worship the Lord in song with “One and Only Jesus” by Vertical Worship (click here).