Psa. 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
I often think of the homeless man that got a new heart in church. I’m talking about a physical heart, you know, the kind you have thumping in your chest. He got in the prayer line reeking of booze, received prayer, and got a new heart. He actually went into the old Charity Hospital in New Orleans that week for open heart surgery and to the doctor’s great surprise, he didn’t need his operation, he got a new heart. Actually, every time someone is born again they receive a new heart. That is the blessing of Christianity, The Lord gives us all brand new hearts. That is how we change. Our old heart was corrupt, prone to sin. Our new heart is different, our new heart loves God and everything to do with this new life. Henry Smith speaks about today’s verse and this new heart, check this out.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, etc. David prayeth the Lord to create him a new heart, not to correct his old heart, but to create him a new heart; showing that his heart was like an old garment, so rotten and tattered that he could make no good of it by patching or piecing, but even must cut it off, and take a new. Therefore Paul saith, “Cast off the old man; “not pick him and wash him till he be clean, but cast him off and begin anew, as David did. Will ye know what this renewing is? It is the repairing of the image of God, until we be like Adam when he dwelt in Paradise. As there is a whole old man, so there must be a whole new man. The old man must change with the new man, wisdom for wisdom, love for love, fear for fear; his worldly wisdom for heavenly wisdom, his carnal love for spiritual love, his servile fear for Christian fear, his idle thoughts for sanctified works.”
This is the power of the Christian faith. Every religion has high standards and aspirations for man. From Buddhists to Hindus; from Jehovah’s witnesses to Hare Krishnas, all of them want man to live more moral and better lives. The problem with all of them is this, there is no ability to change the heart. This is the source of all of our problems. Like Jeremiah said, our hearts are desperately wicked. We must be born again. When Christ comes into your heart you become a new creation. You actually have a heart transplant.
Thinking about the drunken homeless man I have to laugh. The Lord was using this unexpected miracle to prophesy over all of us. This man need a new organ in his body, all of us need a spiritual heart transplant. So if you have been struggling with sin, pray David’s prayer, “Create in me a clean heart oh God”.