Devotional Thought – “Lord Humble me, and Cleanse me”


Create in me a clean heart, O God” Psalm 51:10

This is a psalm of David.  He wrote these words after his sins were found out and the prophet Nathan had confronted him.  When someone else knows about your sin, let alone God, the devastation can be total.  David doesn’t try to go “on the record” and defend his actions.  He doesn’t move away or run from his mistakes.  He confronts his sins.  He was a murderer, a liar and an adulterer.  He had been caught, found out, and left wanting.  Yet, David returned to the only place one can return to when humbled by crippling sin – God.  Scripture records this sinner to be “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22) but what made David fulfill this kind of criteria in life?  How can we also be men and women after God’s own heart?  



It should be noted that David was identified as such a man before his downfall; but this psalm and his actions following his downfall should also give us a clue into His humble character.  David was a shepherd as a young person.  He worked a lowly job which, at times, was considered one of the dirtiest and most undesirable jobs.  While working as a shepherd he wrote songs of praise to his God.  He understood where his joy came from and also his blessings.  

Following His downfall into sin, his reaction to being caught was not one of indignation but rather humility and grief.  He had broken God’s heart, and David pens these words of regret, remorse and was in search of God’s forgiveness.  Right relationship with His Salvation was his desire.  Sure he had messed up royally (no pun intended), but he longed to recover that which had been tarnished and nearly destroyed.  Scripture records David tearing his cloak, putting on sack cloth and pouring ashes on his head.  This is a sign of grief and mourning but is also a very humbling picture for us to see of a king.  

How humble are we?  Do we recognize how in need of a Savior we are daily?  We are all far from perfect people.  We all struggle with sin and temptation.  Do we seek after God with great passion just as David did, or do we merely think about Him on Sundays or special holidays?  Our lives were given to us as a gift.  Each one of us comes with struggles and concerns, but we don’t have to carry them alone.  Connecting with The Father connects us with the Divine and unburdens us, but we must first become humble.

Psalm 51:10-12

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Dear Lord, I confess my sins to you today.  Forgive me when I have stumbled along this path.  Help me to be who You have called me to be.  Restore me, renew me and cleanse me.  I long to be a person after Your own heart, show me how I ought to live.  Instruct me in Your ways, and walk beside me every moment of every day.  -Amen

Truth & Dare: A Confession and a surrender.


I’ve little strength to call my own,
And what I’ve done, before thy throne
I here confess, is small;
But on thy strength. O God, I lean,
And through the blood that makes me clean,
Thou art my all in all.”

SBS 484 – “I bring to thee my heart to fill” 
-Herbert Howard Booth 

This verse to THIS song always gets me. 
Do want to know why?  It’s because these words strike a chord of truth in my heart.  Everything I do or have done…is small.  It’s vapor in the presence of God…it’s minuscule and in the presence of God, it counts as a teeny tiny drop in a vast ocean.  

Don’t get me wrong.  It’s really not about feeling powerless or unfulfilled…this song is all about surrender.
Sometimes though, I must admit that I go about all of my “works” the wrong way and with the wrong motives.  My attempts are all feeble.  Sometimes, if I were truly honest  it comes back to the notion of waiting on and trusting God.  

I cannot count how many times I speed ahead of God when it comes to my life and my desires.  Did you catch that?  I speed ahead because it’s MY life and MY desires.  When the rug gets pulled up from under my feet I am left on the floor in a rumpled heap and left asking God “why?”  Yet all along I am asking the wrong person “why”…I should be asking myself that question.  Scott why do you always speed ahead?  Scott why do you always attempt to retake control?  Scott why do you always think that your efforts by themselves are good enough? Why do you think that your efforts by themselves will be acceptable when your motives are all wrong.  -Ouch-  That hurt a little bit.  Truth be told that’s a little too revealing.




Truth be told that’s me…is it ever you?  

Can you identify with this verse too?  Can you see where you left the relationship with God and attempted to “go it alone”?  When you went rogue?  Can you identify with me in how these words strike a heart wrenching chord in your gut; …and as you are doubled over because all of the air has been punched out of you are realize these words are for you…can you relate?  

1 Peter 5:6-7 says; “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  

We need a fresh perspective.
We need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves when OUR plans don’t pan out and OUR desires aren’t fulfilled.  
We need to humble ourselves and cast everything back onto Him because He’s the only one who can handle it.  God is the only One who matters and His attempts are never feeble and He will never fall short.  

It is comforting.  It is encouraging, and it should provoke us to get our perspectives and our motives realigned with that of God’s.  
Do you feel feeble today?  Have you been gutting it out?  Arguing with God?  Asking Him “why?”  Perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at your surrender and consider if there’s more to give to Him.  Your surrender might include more than you think.  Your surrender might also be lacking.  

Give it some thought and prayer, and perhaps God might reveal something to you.  

-Just a thought.  

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