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Create pure thoughts in me
    and make me faithful again.
Don’t chase me away from you
    or take your Holy Spirit
    away from me 

(Psalm 51:10-11, CEV).

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Tulip beds, Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC — photo by David Kitz

Reflection

This week’s I Love the Psalms theme is creating.

King David, the author of many of the Psalms, fell deep into sin. Adultery and murder are about as deep as anyone can sink and David sank that low. But when Nathan, the prophet, confronted King David, he repented and prayed these words:

Create pure thoughts in me and make me faithful again. Don’t chase me away from you or take your Holy Spirit away from me (Psalm 51:10-11, CEV).

The New International Version reads, Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Beauty and truth are found in both translations cited here. But what is most striking is David’s admission that it’s not within his power to create a pure heart or pure thoughts. The purity David needed is not found in himself. Purity comes from God and from Him alone.

In a world of violence and quick-access pornography, we desperately need purity—God created purity that comes from His throne room.

Response: LORD God, create pure thoughts in me. Create in me a pure heart. Holiness comes from you and without holiness we cannot see you, LORD. Speak your creative word into the dark places of my life.

Your Turn: Are you in the grip of pornography? Do you believe God can free you?