Summary: Starting out the New Year with a RENEWED vision.
A renewed start for 2006
Marc Axelrod “Last year at this time, some of you were saying, "This year, things are
going to be different! I’m going to change! I’m going to be a better spouse.
I’m going to spend more time with my family. I’m going to spend more time
reading my Bible. More time praying to God. More time serving others.” Are you saying, “This year things will be different, I will make a difference?” I will make a change! The fact is that we’ve all made mistakes or bad choices that have kept us from doing some of the things we wanted to do. You know what they say about New Year’s resolutions? They usually go in one year and out the other!”
A son who called his parents up to wish them a happy new year, And he said, "Well dad, what’s your New Year’s resolution?" The dad said, "My resolution is to make your mother as happy as I can all year." The son said, "Aw, that’s so sweet!" Then his mom got on the phone. He asked her, "What’s your resolution, mom?" She said, "My resolution is to make sure your father keeps his resolution."
What is it going to take for you and me to really mean business with God? God isn’t going to stand there and make sure you do what you said you would at the beginning of the year. It takes a deep desire on yours and my part.
Ps 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Ps 51:8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Ps 51:9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Ps 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Ps 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Ps 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Ps 51:13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
The sin with Bethsheba had just happened and Daniel was waking up to his faults and needed a renewing of his spirit.
I. He confesses his sin, Ps 51:3-6, II. He prays earnestly for the pardon of his sin, Ps 51:1-2, III. For peace of conscience, Ps 51:8, IV. For grace to go and sin no more, Ps 51:10-11
John J. Parsons http://www.hebrew4christians.com/index.html
Hebrew Lev Tahor – A clean heart When King David cried out to the Lord, "Create in me a clean heart, O God," he did not use the Hebrew word yatsar, which means to "fashion" or "form" something from pre-existing material, but instead used the word bara, a verb exclusively used to refer to God’s creation of the cosmos (Gen 1:1). Something totally new. *
David understood that no amount of reformation of his character would be enough, and instead appealed to that very power of God that alone could create "out of nothing." Such was the nature of the remedy required.
The heart (lev) is the inner person, the seat of the emotions, thought, and will. The Bible describes the heart of man as "desperately wicked" (Jer 17:9). The Lord Jesus declared that the heart is the source of all our uncleanness, moral defilement, and perversity (Matt 15:19-20).