by Tammy Phillips
October 22, 2020
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10 KJV
A home needs to be cleaned and painted, a car needs to be washed and repaired regularly, and we take showers to rid ourselves of the grime of the day. Each of these are an example of renewal.
According to Websters Dictionary 1828, renew means: to renovate; to restore to a former state, or to a good state, after decay or depravation; to rebuild; to repair. to make new; to renovate; to transform; To revive; To make new; to make fresh or vigorous;
A perfect example of renewal is a tarnished piece of silver that is polished and brought back to its original state. The treasure does not become tarnished as of reflection of its quality. It is not a bad piece of bling. It becomes tarnished as a reaction to the atmosphere and external forces in the air. Left unpolished, it will eventually turn black.
Our heart and mind are much like the piece of silver that becomes tarnished. It becomes polluted from atmosphere we live in and the external forces from the prince of the air. Like David, our daily prayer of repentance should be, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
Our heart is cleaned and sanctified by the word of God. We keep it from becoming tarnished by polishing it and renewing it in the word daily.
“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. (John 15:3 NKJV)
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. (John 17:17 NKJV)
The word renewed in Psalm 51 actually means to make new, restore, the primary meaning is that of polishing a sword to original splendor. God’s word is the polishing cloth to our tarnished hearts.
I enCOURAGE you “not to lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day!” (2 Corinthians 4:16 NKJV). God wipes away the sin and grime from our heart step by step and day by day. He polishes and renews us with His word to reflect His glory. It is the word that transforms us and keeps our heart clean.
“Turn us back to You, O LORD, and we will be restored; Renew our days as of old.” (Lamentations 5:21 NKJV)