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Fail. Feel guilt. Confess. Be forgiven. Repeat.

Does the Christian life sometimes feel like being stuck in a loop? Our next verses of Psalm 51 show us where David found hope for real change.

Psalm 51 vs 10 and 11

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
                and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
                or take your Holy Spirit from me.

David asks God to remake him from the inside out. He asks the God who created the world to recreate his heart. In the Bible the heart is who you are deep down. It’s the place of your deepest desires, your inner thoughts and your most cherished dreams. It sets the whole direction of your life. And David asks God to remake him on this foundational level.

Yesterday David traced the rot of sin right back to the beginning of his existance. He knows he needs God’s deep transformation. No change of wallpaper will do. No lick of paint. He needs rebuilding from the ground up.

Do we feel stuck in a loop with no hope of change?

Perhaps there are battles we’ve given up fighting altogether. A cutting tongue. A short fuse. A wandering eye. And deep down, we’ve decided change is impossible. “That’s just me,” we tell ourselves.

But David teaches us to come to the God who is not only able to forgive but rebuild us on the deepest level. Our hope doesn’t lie in the strength of our resolve to do better but in His power to remake us.

Putting into Practice:

1. Think of a habit you find yourself sliding back into again and again. Use David’s words to confess it to God and ask for His remaking power: “Create in me a pure heart, O God.”

2. Is there a sin where you have begun to think resistance is impossible? Take a moment to list for yourself different things God has created in this universe. Then knowing it is this mighty Creator that you are praying to, pray David’s prayer again: “Create in me a pure heart, O God.”