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Sat, Dec 13 2014 - 08:06 AM

The Joy of YOur Salvation...

Psalm 51:11-13 (NIV)
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.
This heartfelt prayer of David comes from a man who is called “A man after God’s own heart.” Why would he need to pray such a prayer? Could it be because his humanity and vulnerability had been exposed?
David recognized his utter dependence upon God and humbled himself before God, fearing his intimate relationship was in jeopardy. He did not want this to be broken.
Do we continue to experience the joy of our own salvation, which we had at the beginning, or are we taking for granted something so wonderful and intimate? David did not want to happen to him what happened to his predecessor, Saul. He watched Saul’s degeneration after God’s Spirit was taken from him.
The Apostle Paul recommended: 2 Corinthians 13 (NIV)
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?
Does your salvation mean as much to you today as it did at first? Do you appreciate what the Lord has done for you and are you thankful? If so, then it should inspire you to be more aggressive in your attempts to share this great wealth with those around you and desire that all men be saved, beginning with your own families. We yearn for them to know the Lord as we know Him, and to experience His grace and mercy, His unlimited love and compassion, and to know His peace, which surpasses all human understanding.
Pray David’s prayer today and eagerly seek the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and boldness to witness for Him to those around you.

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