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Psalm 51:11-13


Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.


The Scripture today points out the difference between Old Testament and New Testament living.  We know that David probably wrote this Psalm soon after his sin with Bathsheba.  His "prayer for cleansing" shows why God later referred to David as a "Man after my own heart."  The Old Testament prophets did not have Jesus Christ.  They were constantly fearful of being out of fellowship with God.  They were rightly wary of the consequences of not enjoying God's favor.  After all, they had heard the stories!  This Psalm starts out in verse 1 with David asking God to have mercy on him.  David implores God "Do not take Your Holy Spirit from me."  If you spend more time reading the New Testament than the Old Testament, a question may be surfacing right now.  Why is David asking God to not take away the Holy Spirit?  Isn't the Holy Spirit with us always?  My answer to you is not in the Old Testament.  Remember, we all received the Holy Spirit that dwells within us daily, at Christ's ascension.  This event occurs in Acts 1:6-11.  We take this for granted, which is why we should read the Old Testament often and be thankful.  David concludes our Scripture passage today by saying that if God will "Restore the Joy of his salvation," David will be able to teach transgressors God's ways, and they will be converted.  I feel compelled to answer your next question as our devotional dialog continues this morning.  Don't miss this point.  We don't "save" anyone.  The Holy Spirit uses us to lead non-believers to Jesus Christ.  We testify to what God has done and is doing in our lives.  God and Jesus do the conversion.  We are the messenger.  Referring back again to Acts 1:8, you will find that Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit for the purpose of being witnesses to everyone in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and all the earth.  This would have been a huge shock to the disciples and Peter. Up until this point, they were specifically told to only speak to the Jewish people.  So, is this Old Testament passage relevant to us in 2012?  Absolutely!  We have the assurance that David did not have.  The Holy Spirit dwells in us always.  But like David, we need to cry to God each day to keep us in fellowship with His Holy Spirit.  There are many crimes committed in the name of the Lord with that same Holy Spirit hanging around.  Because the Holy Spirit dwells in us always, does not mean we always use it or listen to it properly.  David reminds us that good and Godly things only occur when we turn our decisions and actions over to the Holy Spirit every morning or hourly some days!  Remember, our nature as displayed in the garden of Eden, is not to be good.  Left unattended without God, we are evil people, easily manipulated by Satan.  That is why God and Jesus left the third part of the Trinity here with us to govern our actions.  What are our actions supposed to be?  We are to be be witnesses for God and Jesus Christ.  If we are, then the result will be the same as it was for David.  Transgressors will learn God's ways and sinners will be converted by the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  When you read this, it seems logical and straight forward doesn't it?  Why don't we do it everyday?  Fear is the reason.  My experience with Christians witnessing is that they are afraid they will say the wrong thing.   Don't be afraid.  The Holy Spirit will guide you.  Live for Jesus and listen to nothing else.  Tell your story for Jesus daily.  Let everyone you see daily know what Jesus is doing and has done in your life.  If you do, Jesus will restore the joy of His salvation and you will hear the Holy Spirit guide you every day of your life here on earth.  Your testimony may well be the only thing standing between the people that you know and Heaven or hell.  If you wish to be afraid of something, be afraid to NOT share God's word.  You may be condemning the people you know to the fiery pit if you keep silent.  Ready to testify now?