“This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel Grant.”
In a world saturated by sin, constantly pouring out a narrative against God, godliness, and righteousness, how can we keep our heads, hearts, and hands clean? David struggled with this very thing in Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” I echo David’s sentiment, and I believe that having a clean heart and clean conscience really is a work from God. We are also exhorted in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” How do we keep our way clean? 1) By asking God to create a clean heart in us! 2) By confessing our sins and forsaking them!! 3) By living according to His Holy Word!!! Then, and only then, will we find the steadfastness of the Lord. As we humble ourselves – His infinite strength meets our every challenge.
Further in Psalm 51 David wrestles with the awareness of his own brokenness. He calls his brokenness pleasing to God. How can brokenness be pleasing to God? Brokenness, openness, and humility are essential elements in our maturing with God! Psalms 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.” When we are humble, God will mature and lift us up. When we are proud, God brings us down to save us! So, pray with me this week, for a contrite heart, for clean hands, and clean conscience that honors God with every feeling, thought, and action!