Scripture:   Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a right spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10

Meditation:  These are confessional words David wrote after committing the terrible sins of adultery and murder.  David acknowledges his sins against Bathsheba and her husband, but realizes he has ultimately sinned against God.  In offering this penitent prayer, he opens himself up to receive the powerful work of the Holy Spirit.

It is difficult for us to ask for forgiveness from each other and especially from God.  But when we do so, a burden is lifted from our hearts and when blessed with a renewed spirit, we are able to start over with a clean page in our spiritual life and are filled with the desire to have a right spirit toward God, others and ourselves.

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for giving me all that I need for both forgiveness and spiritual renewal.