Right now I am learning about creation vs. formation. Which is glorious because my astronomy professor threw out the word evolution twice this week & I really needed back up. But something else about it struck me tonight with such excitement that I must share!
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
The Hebrew term for the word “create” here is bara’ (to create, shape, form. To fashion, create – always with God as the subject). Which means when “bara’” is used it’s indicating that something is being created from nothing (also see Heb. 11:3). The other Hebrew word used in the Genesis account for the means by which God caused things to exist is yastar. Yastar is often translated to “formed” and can represent a thing formed from previously existing materials. What I LOVE about the verse above is that it states that God does not form (yastar) clean hearts in us with the existing materials of our righteous acts and self-disciplines. God creates clean hearts from nothing (bara’).He gives us pure hearts and He does so in response to our sincerest repentance and desire to be pure before Him. Glory to His name!