Psalm Chapter 51: 6-10 “Create in Me a Clean Heart oh God!

Psalms Chapter 51 verses 6-10


6Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  8Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

King David allowed desires of his flesh to cloud his judgment. That is what led to his sin with Bathsheba, and the murder of Uriah and his men. When we allow our flesh to reign in our thought life it results in words, then actions that led in sin Mark 7:20-23; Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 12:2. Jesus Christ, our Lord, is the embodiment of righteousness, truth, life, light, and Love. One day ALL of creation will want this “truth in [its] inward part.” That is when the entire world will come to realize that the want for peace, truth, justice, and freedom comes only from God. As we are reconciled to Him, we desire nothing more from this world. We just want Him to Purge [us] with hyssop, and [we] shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 

Historically “hyssop” is a OT” herb that was used by the priests in a ritual. However, we need to understand its significance.

Hyssop is mentioned for the first time in the OT when the nation of Israel was preparing for their Exodus from Egypt. The people used the hyssop to wipe blood over their doorposts. When the death angel saw the blood that “Passover Night” the death angel passed over their homes. Hyssop was also used with water to wash a person who was ceremonially unclean. David uses the word hyssop  in this verse to show his acknowledgement that he was spiritually defiled or unclean.

For Christians, the purging comes from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit changes our mindset. We love as He loves. We give as He gives. Not with our own conditions attached to our giving, but with “everything” in “faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness, and in love” do not just give, but give with “excellence. Not just money, but forgiveness, love, compassion, acts of service. When we give like this, our hearts begin to …” to hear joy and gladness.” 

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9Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

David continues to plead his case from cleansing. He knows that God cannot look on ungodliness and sin. 

Habakkuk 1:13 “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” Could it be that David wants God to “hide his face” from him because he wants to hide from the wrath of God? He has broken the following commandments.


  • 14 “You shall not commit adultery. [David lusted after Bathsheba. That lust led him to commit adultery and lust after his neighbor’s wife.] Because of his lust for Bathsheba David . . . broke this commandment. 13 “You shall not murder. ” He commanded Joab to carry out the act for him. Joab did not know what David was doing.

14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah.15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.” 16 So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. 17 When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died (2 Samuel 11).

  •  17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
  • 15 “You shall not steal.  [He stole Uriah’s only wife from him. (see 2 Samuel 12). David has many wives.] 

In spite of David’s weakness and win with Bathsheba, later on God calls him a man after His [God’s] own heart.  Why? David acknowledged his sin and when to the only person who could forgive him and change his heart. He cried out to God.

10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

David, from personal experience, knew that he is a human being and subject to the weaknesses associated with human being. Matthew 26:41 reminds us that we need to  “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” As God cleanses our hearts, we develop a want to look at people the way God looks at them. We see them as special to Him, created in His image, and the barriers of color, religious denomination, political boundaries, and or affiliations melt away. His love should be flowing from us like an “ocean.”

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As that ocean of love flows from us to the world, the “new creation” is realized, and we no longer live for ourselves or as ourselves. We live for Christ and as Christ lived and loved.

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 2 Corinthians 5:14-18 (NIV).

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