There’s nothing quite like starting over–especially with the freshness of a new heart. It’s like the first day of sunshine after a week of rain.
I love rain, but repeated days of rain and gray clouds are dreary and typical of a Texas winter–which we are right in the middle of. When the sun finally comes out, it’s like a breath of fresh air and smile in my heart. It feels like spring when everything is new. I almost hate to put my sunglasses on! Then it’s back to clouds and storms. I am a sunny person, and these dreary days are getting wearisome. I’m starting to feel it in my heart, and I don’t like it one bit.
But weary hearts aren’t always a result of dreary days. Sometimes weary hearts are broken hearts, weighted down by past mistakes.
If this describes your heart, and the only thing you want for the new year is a lighter heart, I want to share hope with you!
God loves broken hearts–He specializes in them. It is the pathway to restoration.Brokenness is the pathway to restoration.
You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. (Psalm 51:16-17)
Bring your brokenness before the Lord, He has a gift for you!
You can have a new heart for your new year!
You may remember King David and his failure with Bathsheba. If you’re not familiar with the story, you can read about it in 2 Samuel 11-12. Suffice it to say, it’s a story filled with sex, lies, murder, betrayal–the worst of the worst stuff. Honorable King David failed miserably. Oh, how he loved God. But he messed up big time.
When the prophet Nathan confronted David about his sin, David was full of remorse. Psalm 51 records the path David took to restore his relationship with God. After confessing his sin, David asked God to …
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. (Psalm 51:10-12)
That word create is a-mazing! Vine’s Expository Dictionary says this:
This verb is of profound theological significance, since it has only God as its subject. Only God can “create” in the sense implied by bara˒. The verb expresses creation out of nothing …1
Did you catch that? David is asking God to give him a new heart. He’s not asking God to heal his sinful one. He’s asking for a new one. One that is completely clean. In total, he’s asking for spiritual renewal.
None of us is immune to failure. In fact, all of us deal with it at some time in our lives–some, more than others. We can take the same path of restoration!
First, like David, we confess our sin (verses 1-6). Then God restores us and allows us to experience joy once again.
What a beautiful way to enter the New Year. It’s a beautiful way to start any day. It’s yours for the asking. You can start fresh anytime, any place.
Spiritual renewal is a beautiful way to start any day--not just New Year's Day.
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
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1 W. E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger, and William White Jr., Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Nashville, TN: T. Nelson, 1996), 51.