David wants a clean heart (Ps 51:10-51:12)

“Create in me a clean heart!

O God!

Put a new spirit within me!

Put a right spirit within me!

Do not cast me away from your presence.

Do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me

The joy of your salvation.

Sustain in me a willing spirit.”

David wanted God to create a clean heart, a new right spirit, the Holy Spirit. He did not want to leave the presence of God. The Holy Spirit would remain with him. He wanted to be restored to the joy of salvation, while retaining his willing spirit. Clearly this is an internal spiritual new life, what some might call a born again experience that David wishes to undergo. He wanted this “Holy Spirit” to be in him.