I’m taking a few posts to approach the subject of personal revival. We’re using the example of David in Psalm 51 as our guide. So far we’ve seen that we need to examine ourselves, and go to God for His forgiveness and cleansing. But the work doesn’t stop there.
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. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
According to Scripture, it isn’t enough just to wipe the slate clean. Especially if you head right back into the pigpen. What we need is to change our direction. In order to do this, the renewal must take place on the inside.
All my wants and desires spring from my heart. That’s where the purifying work of the Lord needs to access. I must allow Him to make my heart pure – that His desires would become my desires. That’s the only way to achieve lasting changes.
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
I’ve heard people comment on this verse. They said that whatever you desire, the Lord will give you. That’s not what the Psalmist is trying to convey to us.
What he’s saying is that if you delight in God – if you take pleasure in Him – then He will place the desires into your heart that line up with His. I want to desire the same things that God desires. So I let Him do the work in my heart.
There’s another work that must be done as well. I need to feed my spirit on the Word of God. Only when my inner man is healthy and strong can I maintain the purifying work of God in my life. My spirit is the greatest ally I have against the flesh. It’s with my spirit that I can access the Holy Spirit and the power of the Lord.
Always remember that God loves us with an everlasting love. He’ll never leave or forsake us. If we want His cleansing process in our lives, then He’ll be there to do the work. After all, He’s the only one with the ability to totally change our lives.
Let Him do that work in you today. Give the Lord free reign to rearrange your life and priorities. Let Him give you new purpose and direction. Say “yes” to the life changing power of the Holy Spirit.
Question: How do I open my heart for God to place His desires in me?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014