Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

This well known verse from Psalms 51:10 contains a wealth of things to consider. I was meditating on this recently, specifically on verse 12 where David says:

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Yes it is always a possibility to allow the joy of the Lord to slip away, as we allow the cares (the thorns) to choke out what God has created in us. Sometimes it seems like just about everything is going wrong. But even with David we see the need to “restore” that which had been lost, even the Joy of salvation. Yes the Joy of salvation is something that no price can buy. Deeper than the deepest sea, higher than heaven itself, the joy of being a child of God, set free from practical daily sin. And notice once this joy is restored, the next verse brings the Christian back to the great commission:

13  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Yes, Jesus is Lord, and for the “joy” that was set before Him, He endured the cross. My friend why should we expect anything less than what the Master had to endure? Yes Lord, create in me a clean heart, renew a right spirit within me, restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation. Yes Lord, may sinners be converted and they too saved from their sin.

Hallelujah what a Saviour!

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