“Create in me a clean heart; And do not take your Holy Spirit from me” (Ps. 51:10-11).
Did you know that the prophetic prayer of David found in Psalms 51 was answered at the Cross of Calvary? His answered petition allows us to bask in the assurances of the finished work of Jesus. David accomplished much, but we are blessed with a far greater covenant than the one David enjoyed. David lived under the Old Covenant Law of Moses that consisted of more than six hundred commandments. We live under the New Covenant of Grace that consists of only two commandments: The first is, “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, and soul, and with all of your strength.” The second is , “Love thy neighbor as yourself.” The Old Covenant can be summed up in one word, “Do.” The New Covenant can also be summed up in one word, “Done.” Do you know what Jesus meant when He said, “Do not put new wine into old wineskins” (Matt. 9:17)? Jesus was speaking of the two covenants, reminding us that Law and Grace are not to be mixed.
David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me; Do not cast me away from Thy presence, And do not take Thy Holy Spirit from me” (Ps. 51:10-11). That is an old testament prayer. It is wrong for us to pray as David did because Jesus fulfilled His prayer on the Cross. Consider the finality of our Lord’s victory both for David and every New Testament believer. Spiritually speaking, God gave us a complete heart transplant the moment we made Jesus the Lord and Savior of our lives. Not only that, but the Holy Spirit now indwells us and has sealed us for the day of redemption. If that were not enough, Jesus promised to never leave or forsake us. Never means never. It includes the times that we are unfaithful to Him.
Dear reader, God has done more for us through His Son Jesus than we could ever think or imagine (Eph. 3:20). If we need more joy or peace in our lives it is not God’s fault. It is up to us to stir up the spirit of faith that lives in us. We may need to remind ourselves that the spirit living in us is not a lesser power that is inept in any way. It is the same undiminished power that raised Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11). Of this we can be sure, God is not renting space. He owns us lock, stock, and barrel, but we are His stewards here on earth. He wants to guide us in our daily choices, but what we choose is up to us. The question then comes, “Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us?” If not, why not? The apostle Paul reminded the church of Galatia that not understanding that we have spiritual gifts or knowing God’s purpose for our lives is paramount to not having them (Gal. 4:1). Yet we can revel in the knowledge that we can unleash the power of God by speaking His promises. His promises are His will for our lives. This we know, “God watches over His Word to perform it” (Jer. 1:12).
Have questions or need prayer? You can contact us at Penny51648@yahoo.com