In Psalm 51:10-12 we read,
“Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
I often write what I receive listening to God when meditating on the Bible in a notebook,– especially if it’s something which shall be shared with others; I call these texts inspirations in order to avoid the misunderstanding that I am in some way a 100% pure channel for God, for, as Paul says, all revelations must be tried and tested. When I meditated on Psalm 51, I was given this inspiration:
Your heart is precious to me, says I AM THAT I AM. Your heart is the center of you as a person. It’s where you find yourself as who you are. When you rest in the heart, you are your true self. And nothing can take your peace away. Nothing can threaten your self-understanding and self-worth, if your heart is pure.
A pure or clea heart is like a mirror. My image is seen clearly in a pure heart, and when you recognize my image as mirrored in your heart, there is nothing deeper, truer, higher or more real to you than enjoying my communion, sharing life with me, and living in my will.
When my image is mirrored in your heart, my presence radiates into the world from your heart, and my image in you is realized to the creatures of the earth through acts and deeds of love
I created humans with a pure heart, so that my image would shine brightly in you and you would grow into my likeness – a blessing to your fellow humans and fellow creatures. You recognize my image in my Son, Jesus Christ..
When you close your heart to me and one another and forget who you really are, the heart becomes hazy and dirty so that my presence is no longer recognized in your life, and it will be hidden to your fellow humans and fellow creatures. The light of hope is extinguished, and your will is torn apart. Sometimes you will what I will, because you have a memory of yours and mine fellowship, but more often will follow your own will to what you think will give you a greater pleasure. Your heart becomes desolate and empty, even become like stone. Then the surrounding world mirrors the emptiness, desolation and coldness of your heart.
Therefore, look to Jesus, my Son. He breaks the patterns of the impure heart. In him my image radiates unadulterated. He’ll give you a heart like his own. When you come to him with your grief because of your heart’s unrest and impurity, he will breathe the Holy Spirit into your heart. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of love, life, and truth, whose warmth will thaw the ice of the heart and make alive the stone heart. Your heart will then liken the birth cave, in which Jesus was born as God-with-you, and he will be my restored image in your heart. You will carry him with you and thereby let the light of my presence shine upon your neighbors and fellow created beings. In the power of the Holy Spirit you’ll start serving the world as I in Jesus Christ and in my creating word served you in love.