Google+ 05/15/13 Restore the Joy of Your Salvation!

Psalm 51:10-12

 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 

 

You are probably reading this Scripture right now and saying, "The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament?!"  Yes, the Spirit of God was alive and well in the B.C. years also!  It was different then.  It was not for everyone.  David writes this psalm sometime after the sin with Bathsheba, showing why David was called "a man after God's own heart."  David, like us, was not perfect.  He understood the concept that sin separated him from God.  New Testament Christians will never have to pray David's prayer, since we are indwelled by the Holy Spirit.  For David, it was a complete necessity and a great fear of his to be separated from God.  Whether or not God would withdraw His Holy Spirit from David, is another rhetorical question that Bible scholars will discuss until Jesus comes back, but as far as David was concerned, it was a very real possibility.  Hence, the plea which is our Scripture today.  These three verses point out something that we simply overlook most of the time about our relationship with God.  In order for us to have a clean heart, we must turn from our perpetual sin.  As a minister, I am constantly concerned that God's offer of forgiveness and eternal salvation becomes a "get-out-of-jail-free card" for many.  The attitude becomes one that it doesn't matter what we do because God will always forgive us.  Please follow along and pay close attention as I explain why this could not be farther from the truth.  If we continually repeat the same sin every day, we are basically telling God that He is not God, and that what He says really doesn't matter to us.  Not holding God up as the Alpha and the Omega is blaspheme.  That is the unforgivable sin.  The Bible tells us that this sin gets no second chance.  David understood the law and realized that he was separating himself from God through perpetual sin.  David concludes by asking God to restore the joy of his salvation and uphold him with a free spirit.  Sin puts chains on us and steals our joy.  We need to be able to sing the popular Christian song, "No Chains on Me!"  While we do not have to pray David's prayer, we do have to have a clean heart and not separate ourselves from God.  We must never blaspheme.  If you are suffering from a lack of joy in your life, renew your relationship with Jesus, right now.  Don't wait.  Cut out something you routinely do every day, in favor of a time of prayer.  You will not be disappointed with the results.  God will create a clean heart in you, your spirit will be free, and He will "Restore the Joy of Your Salvation!"