Going to Church at New Vision in Alabama before moving to Mississippi, we use to sing Psalm 51:10-11 with a few words changed to make it rhyme;
me a clean heart O God
and renew a right Spirit in
Cast me not away from thy presence O, Lord.
take not that Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy
and Renew a right Spirit in me.
From the first time I
heard the verses put to lyrics it became one of my favorite songs to sing at
Church. I am not sure I paid much attention to the verse in Psalm before hearing
it in song as a teenager. Today I still like singing the song when I'm doing
stuff around the house, and I love reading the verses in the Bible.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free
I have read these verses many times, but one
day a year or two ago I was reading them and began to think how when these words
were penned surely it wasn't a prayer void of feeling and emotion as we often
quote it, or sing it. I believe there was feeling and depth, meaning, sorrow and
tears. More than just merely saying the words. I believe there was repentence
and a cry to be heard. Remorse for sin committed. Have you ever prayed these
verses? I have. And believe me, it's not a prayer void of feeling. Think about.
Read it for yourself. What emotions come to mind? I think there are to many
scriptures in the Bible we read like we're quoting off football statistics. Or
make-up tips and food recipes. Come to think of it I've seen people get more
excited and I myself have got more excited quoting football scores, especially
Alabama football scores, or reading off a recipe that sounds good, or giving a
tip on make-up, or talking about a good book, or quoting my favorite quote. But
when it comes to Bible reading, whether reading in my quiet time or reading a
verse in Sunday School during our lesson, how many times can I recall hurrying
through it, or reading it like there was no meaning behind it? To many times to
count I am ashamed to say. I want to start paying more attention to God's Word
and not read it like it is a dull manuscript void of life and meaning, because
in all truth the Bible is not just a manuscript, it is not void of life and
meaning. It is God's Word. It is God's love letter to us and in His Word we find
the life Jesus died to give.
Create in me a clean heart o God, and renew
a right spirit in me. I know I need God's Spirit renewed in me so that my heart
is clean and I glean from God's Word that which He intended all along, a deeper
more personal relationship with my Him..my Father. Restore unto me the joy of
thy Salvation, and uphold me with thy free Spirit. Have you lost the joy of your
salvation? Does it need to be restored? Mine does. How? Dig deep in God's word
and don't let go. Latch on like a dog with a bone and don't let anyone take it
away from you. God's Word is life and truth. Only in Christ can our hearts be
pure and true.
In the beginning was the word and the word was God and
the word was with God the same was in the beginning with God. John 1:1-2 That's
proof if we want a deeper relationship with God, we got to dig in His
I want God to create a clean heart within me, to restore the joy of
my salvation and renew a right Spirit within me. But I can only get those
results by walking with the Master alot closer than I do.
Seek God! And
let Psalm 51:10-11 be true for you!!