Spring Cleaning—A Clean Heart
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
Is there a particular room in your house you keep cleaner than the rest? When it comes to weekly house cleanings—or spring cleaning—where do you start? Maybe it’s wherever you consider the nerve center of your life, the room which, if it is dirty or disorganized, keeps you off balance until it’s back in order. Maybe it’s the kitchen? The den or family room? Your bedroom and clothes closet? Or maybe for commuters it’s their car—interior and exterior.
Wherever the center of your physical life is, the center of your spiritual life is what the Bible calls the “heart.” Not the physical organ in your chest, but the place where the mind, will, and emotions merge to create your true spiritual life. And when the heart is dirty or disorganized, everything else is, too. After King David sinned against Bathsheba and Uriah, her husband, David lived with an unclean heart for many months—until he finally confessed his sins to God and asked for a clean heart.
Does your heart need spring cleaning today? God is ready to hear your prayer if only you will talk to Him (1 John 1:9).
The pure heart is God’s paradise where He delights to walk. Thomas Watson
Psalm 51 – John Piper
Apr 17, 2011
Today our focus is on Psalm 51 and how to be crushed with guilt well. I hope that you are detecting a pattern. What makes a person a Christian is not that he doesn’t get discouraged, and it’s not that he doesn’t sin and feel miserable about it. What makes a person a Christian is the connection that he has with Jesus Christ that shapes how he thinks and feels about his discouragement and his sin and guilt.