Create in Me a Clean Heart, O Lord

Create in me a clean heart, O Lord,
And renew a right spirit within me.
Don’t turn me away from Your presence, Lord,
Or withhold Your Spirit from me.
Don’t withhold Your Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation;
Let Your Spirit make me whole once more.

Create in me a clean heart, O Lord,
And renew a right spirit in me.
Lord, renew a right spirit in me.

About this Song
I have to be honest. Ever since I started writing novels in earnest over the past eight or ten years, I’ve been writing fewer songs. I’ve really missed it, though, but I can’t write a new song until God gives me an idea, and He seems to have kept me busier with novels.

Two Wednesdays ago, however, at my church’s weekly nursing home ministry, Bob Gearheart presented a devotional that concluded with a group prayer using Psalm 51:10-12. He prayed a phrase aloud, and everyone repeated it after him before he proceeded to the next phrase.

The devotional itself was quite good, but the use of the verses from that Psalm as a prayer–something Bob hadn’t originally intended to do–was especially moving. I couldn’t ignore the feeling that this was a song God did want me to write.

What Christian hasn’t occasionally recognized that things between him and God aren’t quite right? Perhaps He seems distant. And the relationship with Him no longer seems as joyous and meaningful as it used to be.

How relevant Psalm 51:10-12 is to those problems:

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

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

King David wrote this psalm seeking God’s forgiveness after Nathan confronted him about his adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of Bathsheba’s husband.

Hopefully, the things that affect our relationship with God aren’t quite that drastic. Nonetheless, this reminder that God will forgive any sin should be an encouragement. Along with the fact that He’s always willing to restore broken relationships with His rebellious children when they turn to him in repentance.

I felt a special need to remain as true to the biblical version of these verses as possible, but I was having problems with “and uphold me with thy free spirit.” I originally wrote “let Your Spirit set me free,” but that ultimately didn’t feel quite right. I pray that “Let Your Spirit make me whole again” at least fits the spirit of the biblical wording.

I pray that you may use this song in your own time of worship.

You’ll find a free PDF of this brand-new song here.

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Best regards,


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About Roger E. Bruner

Roger Bruner worked as a teacher, job counselor, and programmer analyst before retiring to write Christian fiction full-time. A guitarist and songwriter, he is active in his church choir, church praise team, and nursing home ministry. Roger also enjoys reading, web design, photography, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Kathleen. Roger has twelve published novels. Four of them are the now-completed young adult Altered Hearts series, plus three other teen novels. Three are quirky romantic novels (as opposed to genre romance novels). The Devil and Pastor Gus is a speculative satire, and Rosa No-Name is a contemporary coming-of-age novel.
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