Posted by: rhenderson8110 | March 1, 2013

Renew a Steadfast Spirit within me

There are so many times I find myself praying for forgiveness because I realize that once again I am falling short in my spiritual disciplines. It is just so difficult for me to do the little things- like getting up 20 minutes earlier or even praying at night when I am SO ready to collapse into bed. When I realize I have fallen short again I feel like a broken record and then I feel like I’m not being sincere. How can I genuinely ask God’s forgiveness for the SAME sin over and over again? I have had many conversations with other Christians where we all admit that we largely struggle with the same sins over and over again in our lives. I feel sometimes like the things I struggle with are not so much huge, catastrophic ‘David & Bathsheba’ type sins but rather a daily lack of zeal for what is Most Important. Which is… kind of embarrassing actually. I love God. I love His Ways. I love His holy plan and days He has commanded. I love His Sabbath. And yet I can’t seem to get myself on a consistent prayer/bible study schedule. How is that?!

So I turned to a place that I often turn when I am frustrated with myself. Psalm 51. This time through I noticed something that I really wanted to share. There are not 1 but 2 places in this Psalm where David asks for something I never noticed before. The first one is in verse 10: Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. The second one is in verse 12:Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 

This is exactly what I realized I need to pray for. I need to pray that God not only forgives my past sins of placing other things before Him (sleep, entertainment, hobbies, etc.) but I need to pray that He gives me a steadfast spirit. Steadfast means ‘fixed in purpose, direction and resolution. Other definitions included ‘unwavering’ and ‘fixed in place.’ This describes exactly what I want to be- fixed in my purpose, unwavering in my commitment, resolute in my spiritual pursuit, having a steadfast gaze on my goal. I need a steadfast spirit to help me get up every morning, to help me with my physical disciplines, to help me fight against my own desires. David asked for it and I believe it would serve us ALL well to continually ask for a steadfastness of spirit, a willing spirit to sustain us when our flesh fights against what we know to be most important.

I hope that helps you as it helped me. Self-examination can be tough and it’s nice to know that even David who was ‘a man after God’s own heart,’ had to pray for steadfastness of spirit. We are not alone in our daily and seemingly frivolous struggles. Here’s to much prayer filled with requests for a steadfast spirit and for becoming women after God’s own heart as well!


I also wanted to add the following link to add more to this topic. Alex & I have fallen in love with a musical group named Sons of Korah. They take the words of the Psalms and put them to beautiful music and we have found it incredibly inspiring and uplifting. I would recommend them whole-heartedly to anyone. So, here is their version of Psalm 51:

Also, here is their website if you are so inclined to buy their albums:


  1. This is so true Rachel. I also need to remember, in my time with God, when I am asking forgiveness and asking for a steadfast spirit, to thank Him for His abundant grace He has given to us, as well as thank Him for the fact that His mercies are new each morning. 🙂

    • So true Paige- what a blessing it is that He allows us to come before Him each day starting new!

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