What does it mean to have a clean heart? It’s an important question. We know that we must have one in order to please God, as noted in today’s psalm passage.
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
A clean heart cannot be obtained through the intellect. We cannot think our way into a clean heart. We also cannot earn a clean heart by our actions. We cannot work our way to a clean heart.
So how can we have a clean heart? There is only one way, and that is to rein in our ego and just allow God to enter into our being. Only God can create in us a clean heart. Will we allow him to do it, or will we resist him?
The choice is up to us.