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January 12, 2012, 12:00 PM




“A Matter of the Heart” Bible Study


Memory Verse:



Psa. 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 


Scripture Texts



Prov. 4:23  Keep your heart with all vigilance,

for from it flow the springs of life.



Psa. 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. 



Within humanity is the very center of who they are, the “heart” of the person.


This Word “heart” means more than just a blood pumping muscle but rather the thoughts, feelings, emotions, will, intellect and very center of a person (spiritual meaning)


It has also been reported in the medical field that our heart (physical) much like our brain can store memories, feelings, emotions. Many people who received heart transplants have reported receiving a new set of feelings and emotions along with their new heart, this proves that God knew what He was doing when he caused man to write the word’s “Heart” in the Bible.


We all have to deal with this thing called the heart both “physical” and “spiritual”


In the physical world this heart can have “Heart Attacks” but what we must realize is this can also happen in the Spiritual. People can have “Spiritual Heart Attacks”. 


The physical heart fails when it becomes unhealthy and unstable.


  • We find ourselves dis-engaging from God and disengaging our hearts.
  • We find ourselves “Living with God but not really living “For” God”


Within our spiritual life we can find our “heart” becoming unstable and unhealthy, we must stop and “engage” our hearts before it is too late.


The Psalmist David had this happen to him when he found himself in a situation that caused his heart to become unhealthy and unstable.


King David found himself in the place where he took something that did not belong to him and killed someone in the process.....he had committed a very vile sin.


God sent a prophet to him and the prophet told him this





2Sam. 12:1 The LORD sent the prophet Nathan to David. Nathan went to him and said, “There were two men who lived in the same town; one was rich and the other poor. 


2Sam. 12:2 The rich man had many cattle and sheep, 


2Sam. 12:3 while the poor man had only one lamb, which he had bought. He took care of it, and it grew up in his home with his children. He would feed it some of his own food, let it drink from his cup, and hold it in his lap. The lamb was like a daughter to him. 


2Sam. 12:4 One day a visitor arrived at the rich man’s home. The rich man didn’t want to kill one of his own animals to fix a meal for him; instead, he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared a meal for his guest.” 


2Sam. 12:5 David became very angry at the rich man and said, “I swear by the living LORD that the man who did this ought to die! 


2Sam. 12:6 For having done such a cruel thing, he must pay back four times as much as he took.” 


2Sam. 12:7 “You are that man,” Nathan said to David. “And this is what the LORD God of Israel says: ‘I made you king of Israel and rescued you from Saul. 


2Sam. 12:8 I gave you his kingdom and his wives; I made you king over Israel and Judah. If this had not been enough, I would have given you twice as much. 


2Sam. 12:9 Why, then, have you disobeyed my commands? Why did you do this evil thing? You had Uriah killed in battle; you let the Ammonites kill him, and then you took his wife! 


King David has found himself in the place of an unstable and unhealthy heart. The very fact that he has done these deeds proves that he did not have a right heart.


The Bible then says that God forgives King David



2Sam. 12:13 “I have sinned against the LORD,” David said. Nathan replied, “The LORD forgives you; you will not die. 


But there is still the “matter of the Heart”


Now, before King David was anointed by Samuel to be King he had been anointed by God to be a worshiper. 


King David wrote beautiful Psalms which are much like songs and poetry mixed together.


So before David ever rose to power he first knelt in worship.


After David’s sin is exposed he turns to his first calling, his ministry.


  • David Engages his heart
  • David Engages worship
  • David Engages prayer
  • David writes a Psalm


The “King James Version Bible” says this about the Psalm


¶ To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. 


In this Psalm David prays things like this...




Psa. 51:1 ¶ Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 


Psa. 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 


Psa. 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 


Psa. 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 


Psa. 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 


Psa. 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 


Psa. 51:7 ¶ Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 


Psa. 51:8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 


Psa. 51:9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 


David has began to acknowledge exactly what has been wrong with him and why he has found himself in this shape, he acknowledges that he has sinned against God.


David realizes that he cannot govern his own life, he cannot lead himself but rather he needs a Savior, he needs someone with more power than he as a human can have.


He needs a merciful and forgiving God


Maybe you have found yourself in that with God but not really living “for” God. It’s time to remedy that and live your life for Him because,after all, He gave His life for you.


Maybe you are at the place where you are not even allowing God into your life, why not let Him become a part of your life? You will never be the same once He get's involved with you.


King David writes this prayer Psalm and begins to reflect on himself, his deeds and why he is in the shape he is in, he then pens these words that seem to ring louder than any words he has written yet....



Psa. 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 


At this point he had already repented, he has already been forgiven, he could have asked for anything


He could have asked 


“God preserve my reputation in front of the people”

“God let me come out of this looking good”


But David’s great concern was for his corrupt nature to be changed


But David realizes that this is a “matter of the Heart” and needs to be remedied.


He says


God I am asking you to “create in me a clean heart” and renew a right Spirit within me.


The word clean here means “pure”


What David’s saying is this...


God purify


  • My feelings
  • My emotions
  • My will
  • My intellect
  • The very center of who I am


Then David prays “Renew a right Spirit within me”


God cleanse my heart but also renew a right Spirit within me


This word “right” means to fix, be stable, establish, firm 

and to be fitted


It is as if David is saying 


“God I see so many spiritual inconsistencies in myself, God I see that the consecration I had as a young lad has become dull and unsteady so God please renew in me a “fixed” Spirit, a “firm” Spirit, a “stable” Spirit, an “Established” Spirit”


In this time we live in it is so important to keep a “pure heart” and an “established Spirit”


If our heart is pure and our Spirit is established then nothing can separate us from our Savior, Jesus Christ


  • As we near the end of our study I would like us to take a moment and internalize, look at ourselves. 
  • After we are done internalizing why don't you “engage” your heart and pray for a few moments that God would purify your heart and set right your spirit.


Are there things in your life that causes God hurt? 

  • Has your heart become unhealthy and unstable?
  • Are there things in our lives that have caused our thoughts, feelings, emotions, will and intellect to be corrupted?
  • What is the shape of our heart and Spirit?
  • Are we living “with” God or living “for” God?

Maybe you want to start off by praying about those things


Let's Engage with Him in 2012 and go forward with a clean Heart and a right Spirit