Create in me  19.  Create in me

Create in me a clean heart, O God,         – Psalm 51:10a

It intrigues me that the psalmist uses the verb “create” in this verse.   Up to this point in Psalm 51, the writer has often spoken of washing and cleansing so that his old, sullied self (and ours)would be made clean or white as snow.  But here, the Psalmist calls on God to “create in me a clean heart.”        

That suggests to me the idea of starting over.  Of beginning anew.    Of getting a fresh, clean heart.   This makes me think of a member of our congregation who, thanks be to God and for the loving gift of another, recently had a double lung transplant.  Two new lungs.  Clean lungs.

The Apostle Paul’s view of our redemption in Christ would require such heart transplants on a broad scale as we are to die in Christ so that we may be made new in Christ:

For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.   And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them . . .  So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.  So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God  (2 Corinthians 5:14– 15, 17-20).

What would it be like to live with clean hearts?  With new, clean hearts from Christ?   Paul suggests that our new lives will beat, pump and flow with the purpose of reconciliation.    Gratitude to Christ, humility  and forgiveness would coarse through our veins.   And then we would find ourselves living new lives indeed — with God, with one another.


Dear Lord,

Our hearts are tired.  There are blockages that have built up over time, constricting the hope and love that you intend for our us.  Create in us, through your Son, clean hearts that will reconcile us with you and with our brothers and sisters.