Create in me a clean heart

Summertime is well underway this year here in Oregon and there's been little rain for months.


Things are very dry which makes for good outdoor activity, but not so great if you like water sports. We like our outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest because typically it can rain for 9 months of the year. It seems to have changed in the past few years though.


And while we don't look like the Mojave or Sahara Deserts, we do have some serious weather issues.


The interesting correlation between physical dryness and spiritual dryness is a lack of something. Water tends to bring purification and energy to life and especially helps flora and fauna.


Spiritual dryness can come from a lack of Spiritual connection to our power source: Jesus and the Holy Spirit!


You're probably wondering why a musician's blog is talking about dryness? Well, it has everything to do with life, love, and inspiration. When our spiritual life is dry and we're not seeking to get it filled up, we can't be the vessels of God's love. It shows up in everything we do.


Think about it for a minute: You've no doubt seen a lackluster performance of a band, comic, book reading or something that just seemed, well, boring. If it didn't hold your interest, then why were they doing it?


It's the same in our spiritual lives. We need Holy Spirit power!


Now I'm not recommending giving up. On the contrary, I'm urging you to get reconnected to the original power source and get back to a fulfilled life!


King David in the Bible had done egregious sins when he committed adultery with Uriah the Hittite's wife Bathsheba and then had him killed. Nathan the prophet confronted David with what he'd done and David wrote in confession Psalm 51. Especially poignant are the following verses:


1 Have mercy on me, O God,

because of your unfailing love.

Because of your great compassion,

blot out the stain of my sins.

2 Wash me clean from my guilt.

Purify me from my sin.

3 For I recognize my rebellion;

it haunts me day and night.

4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;

I have done what