Meditation on the Psalms

I was teaching a class at Bible School this past week on the book of Psalms in the Bible.  I was struck once again with inspiration by David’s Psalm of repentance – Psalm 51.  “Create in me a clean heart oh God….Cast me Not away from thy presence and take not thy Holy Spirit from me…Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation ” (vs. 10-12).  David was a man accustomed to having the presence of the Holy Spirit in his life.  He had brought the Ark of the Covenant up to Mt. Zion where he had a tabernacle prepared for it.  David’s home and throne were also on Mt. Zion.  He could walk to the tabernacle and sit in the glory and manifest presence of God before the ark anytime that he wished, BUT after he had sinned with Bathsheba and arranged the death of her husband – the Holy Spirit was offended; He was grieved.  His presence lifted from David.  Oh How David Missed HIM!!  Sin drove away the Spirit of God from his life, as he tried to cover and hide his sin for a whole year.  The scriptures tell us that “in thy presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11) – David lost the joy in his life when the Spirit lifted from him.  For a year he lived under the pressure, conviction, and weight of sin….oh how miserable he was – how depressed he was.  The Bible tells us that God gives to him who is pleasing in his sight wisdom and joy (Ecclesiastes 2:26).  I believe that the main cause for depression is a lack of repentance from sin – it is not the only cause.  David wanted his joy back – He longed for the Holy Spirit’s presence once again.  Oh how he cried out for repentance and the Lord heard his cries and restored him.  David says a bit later “thou hast put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased” (Psalm 4:7,8).  David’s repentance brought the joy of God back into his life even though he was facing many judgments for his sin – he could still rejoice – for the Holy Spirit was with him, comforting him, and was his “Parakletos” walking beside him.

Blessings,

Pastor Justin

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