“Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation…” – Psalm 51:11, 12
Scripture reading: Psalm 51:1-19
Few today know what it is to be “cast out.” We live in a very tolerant society, but in other places and times, it was different. To be cast out was like a sentence of death. Whole nations were cast out of their homes and left to perish. It is a tragedy repeated far too often in human history.
King David knew the feeling of being cast out. He recognized that his sin had evil results and feared that he would lose God’s favour and that God’s Holy Spirit would be taken from him. This terrible feeling drove him to seek the Lord and His grace in prayer.
We should learn from this. Too often our souls can be dull. We take it for granted that God’s Holy Spirit is happily dwelling in our hearts. The fact is: sin disrupts our fellowship with God. When we turn away from the Lord in self-righteousness, or neglect the means of grace provided for us in the church, we will soon feel a spiritual emptiness and lack a good conscience. David could not accept this spiritual loss. He had sinned, but he turned to the Holy Spirit Who could restore him to God’s favour. That blessed restoration resulted in David again experiencing the joy of the Lord’s salvation.
As another week ends and you prepare for worship in God’s House tomorrow, may you seek the blessing of the Spirit’s work of applying Jesus’ righteousness to you, so that you too will experience the Lord’s favour and the joy of His salvation.
Suggestions for prayer
Seek to experience the Lord’s favour by asking the Spirit to apply Jesus’ righteousness to you and allow you to know the Lord’s favour. Pray for spiritual wisdom which recognizes the importance of public worship, which the church provides tomorrow.
Rev. Gregg V. Martin was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1977. In his years of service, he pastored a total of five congregations in three Canadian provinces. He also served for more than seven years in Latin America as a missionary, providing leadership training in Reformed mission churches. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.