Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Spirituality and holiness are gifts from God. Existence alone is a gift. From the mud that shaped us to the breath that God breathed into our lungs, we are beloved creations of God. God isn’t done creating us either.
As we seek to live in the wholehearted freedom of God’s Kingdom, we can’t “create” our own clean hearts. Breaking us free from sin and guiding us into a life of love and service is a creative act of God.
The harder I work to create a clean heart, the more likely I am to judge others and, most importantly, to fail. A clean heart and right spirit received from God as a pure gift is humbling and effective.
Those who recognize the depths of God’s mercy live with gratitude and generosity, recognizing that all people are either in need of this gift. May God’s creativity reshape our lives and shape a right spirit for others.
Do you imagine God giving you a gift of a clean heart or demanding a clean heart from you?
What does it look like to trust God to create a clean heart in you?
Meditate on this today: I am a beloved gift from God.