Psalm 51:10 – Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (NIV)
Years ago, I had a boy taking piano lessons who really didn't want to be there. His passion in life was playing hockey, and practising the piano was a restraint on his time for his game.
After the initial hurdles, such as the day I came in to find him sitting on the floor in protest, the music lessons and practice time settled into a comfortable routine, until his parents wanted him to go for a piano exam. Then the resistance started again. "Play your scale," I asked, and he lifted his hand slowly from his lap. But when he put his hand on the keyboard, his fingers faced up and his thumb was twisted to the outward position making it impossible for him to play. Patiently, I demonstrated the correct hand position and waited while he tried again. This time the scale went well. "Very good," I praised, but his only response was in the form of a long sigh. "Is there something wrong?" I asked.
"Yes," he said. "I may be doing it right, but, in my heart, I'm doing it my way."
Sometimes when it comes to practising God's will, we are like my student. We say we're Christians, but in our heart, we're doing it our way. If we've been "doing it our way", and we want to experience true spiritual growth, then, like the psalmist, we have to allow God to change the attitude of our heart.
Prayer: Dear God, help us each day to take time to learn Your way. May our prayer be like that of the psalmist, "Create in me a pure heart, O God." Amen.