Willing to Obey
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Psalm 51:10-12 NLT
As I was reading Psalm 51 today, this portion stuck out to me. David wrote this psalm after the prophet Nathan confronted him with his sin of adultery with Bathsheba. David repented before God and wrote this psalm as part of his repentance and brokenness before God.
David was crying out for a clean heart. He recognized his sin and realized only God could make his heart right.
Today, I was particularly hit with the phrase, “make me willing to obey you.” I have long believed that God’s grace gives us the desire and ability to please God. In our human depravity caused by sin, we have no desire to please God. Any desire to please God actually comes from God. Any ability to please God comes from God.
It is not and has never been an issue of self-discipline or personal goodness. God’s grace is the only hope we have of living a life of holiness. We must daily ask for a fresh release of God’s grace. That grace is poured out on a humble and repentant heart.
If we are full of pride, we can’t be receivers of God’s grace. His grace is repulsed by pride. But God’s grace is drawn like a magnet to humility and repentance.
When we try to hide sin and act as though we are holy and perfect, God’s grace moves away from us.
Holy Spirit, today, I confess that I am imperfect. I ask for God’s grace to cleanse my heart. Give me a clean heart and a heart that wants to obey You. Let my desires be in total alignment with Your will.
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