“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
~ the prayer of David in Psalm 51:10 ~
What shames, my heart?
Say not that smog shall forever be the air you breathe;
Pray Holy Spirit’s gale-wind breath upon you once again.
What ails, my heart?
Recite not all your troubled ills in hopelessness of soul;
Forget not all His benefits for they are daily.
What shadows, my heart?
Believe not that sorrow and mourning shall never flee away;
Surely the light of dawn chases the dark of night.
What tempts, my heart?
Resistance is not futile when you are guarded;
See the enemy flee at the sight of God’s gleaming armor.
What soils, my heart?
Not for naught did His blood spill its cleansing power;
Settle the matter with the Lord your God: see red like scarlet become white as snow.
Take heart, my heart!
The One who first created you remains Creator still.
Creating again where what once was, now is not;
Renewing what remains, from feebleness to strength.
Pure hearted, my heart!
Washed by Love, now transparent, clean and clear;
You shall see God.
Scripture references: Acts 2:2; Psa. 103:2; Isa. 51:11; I Cor. 10:13; Ecc. 4:12; Prov. 4:23; Eph. 6:13; James 4:7; Isa. 1:18; Matt. 5:8
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