Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me – (Psalm 51:10).
The human heart considered as the center of emotions, personality attributes. The innermost thoughts and feeling. David was a man who was chosen by God after Saul had sinned against God. Saul too was chosen by God, but he allowed the people to deter him from following the instructions God had given him. When God gives an instruction He wants His people to follow through with the instructions He has given. Just as it was with Saul you will have people around you who will try to influence you to do the opposite of what God has instructed you to do. Don’t allow people to deter you from God or His instructions. Saul’s was forfeited because he disobeyed God. Just because God has a plan for your life doesn’t mean you can’t forfeit His plan by disobeying His instructions. Adam and Eve were to live in the Garden of Eden, but when they disobeyed God’s instructions they were thrown out of the Garden. It was God’s plan for them to live and have fellowship with Him, but through their disobedience, they forfeited God’s plan them.
God has a plan for each of us, but in order for God’s plan to be carried out in our lives, we must submit to His plan and disregard our plans. His plan may cause of to suffer in our emotions in order to bring out the best in us. Our heart is a part of our soul, and in order for the heart to come in line with the Word of God, He will allow things to come to rub us the wrong way in order to free the heart. What’s in the heart will come out whether it’s good or bad when pressured enough.
This is why the Bible has instructed us to guard our heart (Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life –Proverbs 4:23). An issue is a result, consequence, to emerge, flow out, proceed, come forth to originate. Our hearts have to be changed and the only One that can do that is Jesus. While Jesus was talking His disciples, He informed them what comes out of the heart (For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, and evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness, all these evil things come from within and defile the man – Mark 7:21-23).This is why our hearts have to be changed because there is nothing good in it unless the Spirit of the Living God dwells in the heart. When the Bible speaks about a renewing of your mind, it’s speaking about the heart. What’s in the heart will enter the mind and that’s when the individual has to decide whether or not they will follow their mind or the Word of God.
King David was dealing with a heart issue if it had not been, when he saw Bathsheba bathing, even though he was a man; her nakedness wouldn’t have bothered him because his heart would have belonged to God and he would have purposed in his heart he was not going to sin against God. Secondly, after he had sinned, he tried to cover his sins by pretending to want Uriah, the captain of his army to be with his wife to cover his sins, its called deceit. After he couldn’t convince him to go home, he had Uriah to carry his own death notice to Joab to be killed in battle.
How many so-called Christians have destroyed families and marriages by coveting someone else wife or husband? The Bible states the heart is desperately wicked; this is why we must feed our hearts with the Word of God. We must attend church other than on Sunday to be taught the Word of God and allow the Word of God to change our hearts.
The heart is like a sponge and everything we allow to come through our eyes and ears infiltrates the heart and it produces what’s in the heart. What’s in the heart can lay dormant for years before rising to the surface. Do a heart check and see what’s there; allow God to cleanse your heart, it may not feel good because He’s doing spiritual surgery, but in the end, it’s going work together for your good.
God is looking for a people who will serve Him daily, willing to bear their cross. Each of us has cross, if it wasn’t so, Jesus wouldn’t have instructed us to take up our cross and follow Him (Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me – Mark 8:34). Any trouble or afflictions is a cross, how will you handle it? If the heart has been regenerated by the Spirit of God, you will accept your cross knowing that God has a balm for the scares, he has a blessing after the end of the cross for you because you have endured the temptation. Daily as Christians, we should be asking God to give us a pure heart, a heart that will be as our Father.