Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.
By definition, a makeover is a set of changes that are intended to make a person more attractive. It often results in a radical transformation in terms of appearance. Sometimes in order to function in certain public roles, people often obtain the help of makeover experts, who will transform their image into one that is more appealing to a wider audience.
The psalmist’s teaching here can be viewed from that standpoint. In order for you and I to qualify for the Master’s use, there is a necessary makeover that must take place. However, whereas in the case of physical beauty where the focus is primarily on external appearance, spiritually the focus is on internal fitness. PR focuses on charm. Christ focuses on character. That is why the Word of God concentrates on the heart, rather than the face.
Note that King David could not rely on his marvellous anointing to preserve his heart from the sin that so easily entangles us. His military achievements could not protect his heart from lust. Being an awesome worship musician could not prevent the corruption of his heart. His leadership position did not exempt him from temptation. Likewise, what makes us think today our anointing, titles, spiritual experience or ministerial skill can save our hearts from all sorts of sins that seek to repossess our hearts?
Let us remain vigilant in our struggle against sin. Let us stay alert to the subtle wiles of the evil one. Let us not rest on our past glory. Let us not take our righteousness for granted. Let us depend on the Holy Spirit to create within us a new heart and to renew a right spirit within us. Let us be continually transformed by the renewal of our minds. None of us is immune to sinful pollution. Only by staying close to the foot of the Cross can we be safe.