“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
The Psalmist David is known for many reasons. We read in Scripture that his behavior at times was less than admirable, but we also read that he had a deep desire for his heart to reflect the heart of God. David’s beautifully written words throughout the Psalms reveal his devotion to and love for God.
God continued to pour out grace and mercy into David’s life even though David continued to make mistakes. I am grateful that God does the same for me. When I was little, my parents taught my siblings and me the importance of a “sincere apology.” We could not get away with an ingenuine “I’m sorry” when we wronged one another. We would typically have to sit down and work things out, usually with an uncomfortable conversation, until the relationship was on the mend. I believe this helped teach me to learn from my mistakes and to seek forgiveness when I messed up.
Pursuing the heart of God requires humility, obedience, and a forgiving spirit. As we seek to grow in our knowledge of who God is and how God works in our lives, we must be willing to relentlessly pursue the heart of God. David understood the importance of trusting God fully and living to seek the will of God.
When we say we want to have a life that reflects who we believe God to be, do we fully trust God? Do we forgive ourselves and others? Are we willing to submit our will to God’s will? As we continue to pray about the coming year, I encourage you to ask God the questions on your heart and seek to renew a steadfast spirit.