Psa 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Psa 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psa 51:13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Barnes Vrs. 10:
Create in me a clean heart, O God - The word rendered “create,” ברא berâ' - is a word which is properly employed to denote an act of “creation;” that is, of causing something to exist where there was nothing before. It is the word which is used in Gen_1:1 : “In the beginning God “created” the heaven and the earth,” and which is commonly used to express the act of creation. It is used “here” evidently in the sense of causing that to exist which did not exist before; and there is clearly a recognition of the divine “power,” or a feeling on the part of David that this could be done by God alone. The idea is, however, not that a new “substance” might be brought into being to which the name “a clean heart” might be given, but that he might “have” a clean heart; that his heart might be made pure; that his affections and feelings might be made right; that he might have what he was conscious that he did “not” now possess - a clean or a pure heart. This, he felt, could be produced only by the power of God; and the passage, therefore, proves that it is a doctrine of the Old Testament, as it is of the New, that the human heart is changed only by a divine agency.
And renew a right spirit within me - Margin, “a constant spirit.” The Hebrew word - נכון nākûn - means properly, that which is “erect,” or that which is made to stand up, or which is firm or established. It is used to denote
(a) that which is upright, right, proper: Exo_8:26; Job_42:8; Psa_5:9;
(b) that which is right, true, sincere, Psa_78:37;
(c) that which is firm, constant, fixed.
This would seem to be the meaning here. He prays for a heart that would be firm in the purposes of virtue; that would not yield to temptation; that would carry out holy resolutions; that would be steadfast in the service of God. The word “renew” here means to be or to make new; to produce something new. It is also used in the sense of making anew, as applied to buildings or cities in the sense of “rebuilding” or “repairing” them: Isa_61:4; 2Ch_15:8; 2Ch_24:4. The word here would naturally convey the idea that there had been formerly a right and proper spirit in him, which he prayed might now be restored. The language is that of one who had done right formerly, but who had fallen into sin, and who desired that he might be brought back into his former condition.
This word, create, is the same word used in the 7 tree word of revelation given, see that, the 7 tree study-prophecy and 'the coming second Exodus Pt1, 2', and the '7 tree word and the coming Second Exodus a pt3', the two together. The very word used in Gen 1:1 create, as I bring out, in the 7 tree word.
Isa 41:18 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
Isa 41:19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together:
Isa 41:20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
It makes me think, yes our lord can, and only he can do any of this in us. The word for a right spirit, tells us, we should repent, when we know our heart is not right, David was confessing his sin with Bathsheba in this confession Psalm. He was tempted, fell to the temptation, and it cost him greatly, this is approx. one full year later, it took a year for David to come to this confession Psalm, or to pen it. It takes time to be restored, but it is sudden forgiveness once we repent. This is the reason David is called, " a man after Gods ( Jehovahs,) Own heart", because he repented, he examined his heart, he sinned, he blew it, but he made things right, he repented. There is one insight we can not over look in this Gem. The right spirit, is one that is steadfast, unmovable, upright, and not swayed by temptation, in this Ps, the same sexual temptation.
We must do more than repent and sin, repent, and sin again, a circle many go through that are struggling with a sin, an addiction, a hurt, a situation that keeps triggering an UN- holy response in them.
It tells us in the correct Hebrew wording, not just a Right Spirit, but one that will not do the same things over and over. This is why in the O.T. the lord says, " I have grown weary of your repenting", Why? Because all they did was weep, repent, and go and do the same thing with no change of heart. If you are a man, or women after The lords own heart, you will be one that is very sensitive to the promptings, convictions of the Holy Spirit, and act on them, change, do the full 180, and change, yes only the power of the lord can do this, but we have a part in this, we must co-operate with the power given.
Heb 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
Heb 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Heb 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1Pe 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
1Pe 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
Peter give us a key message about how we are given all we need to live life, and Godliness, it has been given, we must appropriate it by faith, and use these things given us by the lord.
2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
We see, we can do it, we do have provision , from the word, study, worship, and self restraint. The Devil did not make you do it, your flesh did, you sinned, or you struggle with an issue, an addiction of any kind,the true battle is with the flesh, self, this is the real battle field, this is where sin is conceived, in the mind, you think on it, that is not sin, later you still muse on it, and lastly, you cave in and do it. James teaches us this, 'let no man say when he is tempted that the lord tempted him', ( he does not say the devil even, but the flesh , the mind )-True the Devil does bring temptation, Paul said what to do, " Resist the devil an he will, he must flee from you".
We have now seen from one verse the O.T. and N.T. word, the lord does it all, he enables us, he helps us, we must only pray, and move on, and rebuild.
Ps. 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
The restoration of Joy , comes from repentance, a renewal, that is step one, that step MUST be taken , before step two. Restored Joy, note what he was seeking to be restored, the Joy of what, his wealth, His kingdom, It is was his salvation. The joy of our salvation. Salvation alone, that fact that you are saved, on your way to heaven, born again, this, if this all you can say you have, you can have great Joy in this, your salvation, eternal life. The simple Joy of Salvation. Hard times are on many of us, but Joy, This is ours, it is one of the manifestations of the fruit of the spirit. Joy, salvation, that can not be taken, unless we willfully give it up, we are kept, by grace as we run the race.
Lastly, the third step, only after , 1. Confession, 2. Renewal, than 3. Verbal Witness
3. Ps. 51:13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Then will I teach transgressors thy ways - As an expression of gratitude, and as the result of his own painful experience. He would show them, from that experience, the evil and the bitterness of sin in itself; he would show them with what dreadful consequences sin must always be followed; he would show them the nature of true repentance; he would show them what was required in order that sin might be forgiven; he would encourage them to come to that God who had forgiven him. So the Savior charged Peter, from his own bitter experience in having fallen under the power of temptation, to strengthen and encourage those who were struggling with the depravity of their own hearts, and who were in danger of falling: “And when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren,” Luk_22:32.
We can not give away, what we do not have. We can teach, preach, against sin, showing others the folly, the error of their ways, but unless we have a clean, renewed heart, unless we are walking and living our talk, if not, we are hypocrites and Pharisees. I do not mean sinless perfection, no way, this will never happen until we reach glory. You know what this means, dealing with that besetting sin, the one that so easily entangles us, and trips us up.
Repent of the thing your convicted of and go forward, as you do, in Joy, than you can tell others your testimony, your renewal from sin, the cost of sin, that is Gospel work, and all in three steps, let us take that step today, into the working grace of our lord, renewed and ready for holy battle.