Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
Today’s Monday Morning Post was looming in my mind all evening last night. As i opted to try out a new Expresso/Coffee Machine in our kitchen last night around 7:45 PM I had little awareness of what would become a long night of thoughts and prayers as the sleep avoided me. As I searched my heart for the longings and desires to bring to our Father last night this Psalm came through my readings…. Granted, when i finally fell asleep and then awoke this morning at the usual 4:30am call, i was exhausted. Again, my prayer, “Father, give me some new life this morning.”
Farther into the morning on my commute i then listened to the following from Acts:
But going ahead to the ship, we set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for so he had arranged, intending himself to go by land. 14 And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene. 15 And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chios; the next day we touched at Samos; and2 the day after that we went to Miletus. 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening gto be at Jerusalem, if possible, Acts 20:13-16
This last sentence through me for a turn… Did it say that Paul decided to pass up the visit to Asia? For he was “hastening” to be somewhere else? Jerusalem?
So Paul, the ultimate Apostle of Jesus Christ, of whom the church was built, was ready to pass up Asia to get to Jerusalem. Why? Was there trials there? Was there a greater work load? Strangers perhaps?
Honestly, I’m not sure of the reason that he was ready to move on to Jerusalem and pass up Asia, but as I refer back to the Pslam:
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Was this what he was after? Do even the great patriarchs of our faith struggle with newness on occasion? Do I? Heck yes.
One of my favorite parts of the http://www.BarnabasMan.com Blog is the NEW feeling of reading other people’s thoughts and words each day. The REFRESHMENT of hearing from others their perspective on their world at that time. It’s encouraging to see the input that has transpired over just this short time. Yes, it’s constantly changing and we miss a day or two here or there, but it’s intent is just this… Clean hearts and renewal of RIGHT SPIRITS. Of course just reading the need to “renew a right spirit within me” leads to the next point….. The spirit within me has a tendency to “not be right”. Can we say that in today’s world? That as a brother in Christ i may have a spirit issue from time to time? I am not suggesting a loss of salvation or even the lessening of my faith… simply a spirit that on occassion…. gets tilted or kinked up in some theological turmoil. Can you relate?
Look, I believe it happened to Paul as well… there were things he avoided because he knew he could avoid them, as it is with me and others I am sure… we need to get re-centered, re-aligned, and re-NEW-ed…
And the best part is we have a God that is able to do JUST THAT for us every day…
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. – 2 Corinthians 4:16