Create in Me…
Psalm 50:10-12 – Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
David doesn’t offer to do it himself. In fact, he knows that he can’t. And when David says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God”, he goes back to the language of the creation itself in the first chapters of Genesis. The word “create” used here in Psalm 51 is the very same Hebrew word used in Genesis. In fact, it is a word used only of God in the Bible. It means to create something out of nothing. Human beings can fashion, arrange, or remodel things. But we can never create anything in the true sense of the word. We can’t bring into being something that never existed before.
There was a group of scientists who got together one day and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell God that they were done with Him. The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.”
God listened very patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this, let’s say we have a ’man-making’ contest.” To which the scientist replied, “OK, great!”
God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.” The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.
God just looked at him and said, “No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!”
The point is that, even if man can gets to the point where he thinks he can be on the level of God, he hasn’t even come close. So it’s not surprising that when David wants a clean heart, he says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” Because, you see, I don’t have the power to create a clean heart. And you don’t have the power.
People try to deal with their guilt in a lot of different ways. Some try to cover it up with a lot of good works, thinking, “If I do enough good deeds, I can balance the scales in my favor.” But good deeds won’t get rid of guilt. Only what God has done for the us through the sacrifice Jesus offered on the cross can take away the sin and the guilt and the shame. Create in me a clean heart, O God.Homework: This week sit down take time to be thankful to God, that He created a clean heart in you!