David cried out to the Lord, “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Ps. 51:10). The word “create” is the Hebrew word, bara, which means, “to form, make, or produce.” It refers to an activity which can only be performed by God. Interestingly, it is the same Hebrew word used in Genesis 1:1 which states, “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and earth” (emphasis added). As one contemplates this act of God, one must ask, “How does God create?” The answer is, “By the Word of His mouth.” He speaks and things which were not come into existence. Theologians call this act of creation, ex nihilo, which means, “out of nothing.”
When David cried out for God to create in him a clean heart, David acknowledged his own inability to do so and his dependence on God to bring into existence something which did not exist. David, no matter how hard he tried, could not produce a clean heart. Sadly, today, many are trying to create within themselves a clean heart. However, this is an impossibility!
Furthermore, if God creates by the Word of His mouth, one must understand that His Word, when obeyed, can produce the same result. The heart, when referenced in Scripture, is one’s mind, will, and emotions. God, through the power of His Word, has the ability to cause one’s mind, will, and emotions to be purified. Blessed thought!
Oftentimes, this author reads the Word and prays it back to the Lord. My prayer today is, “Father, create in me a clean heart. I am powerless to do this for myself. Only You have the ability to create ex nihilo. In the precious name of Your Son, Amen.”