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The Joy of Salvation

Psalm 51

By Pastor Raymond Wey

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow!
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice!
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities!
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me!
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me!
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit!

Living in this world presents a challenge to a Christian in all aspects of his daily life. If he wants to survive, it is necessary that he sticks close to God. He cannot allow himself to sleep spiritually, otherwise, he will fall just like David did. David, who once was king - famous and feared, anointed and appointed by God to reign over His people Israel - committed adultery with another woman, and left her husband Uriah in the hands of the enemy, who ended up killing him. He did all this so that nobody would find out about the sin which he had committed. Life went on as usual for David; as time past by, he no longer thought about the terrible thing which he had done. As a result, God spoke through the prophet to him, reminding him of the big sin which he had committed.

In the future, there is going to be a day on which God will uncover all the sins that a person has ever done, including yours. If they are not covered with the blood of the lamb, then there will be no justification or hope. God let David face the bitter consequences of his horrible deed head-on. David's anointing and joy disappeared, alongside with the hope and expectation of salvation. The terribleness of God's absence in his life hit David - he felt abandoned, and he longed for God's grace again. He wanted grace, although he himself had not shown grace to Uriah at that time. Sin knows absolutely nothing about grace: on the contrary, it brings divine destruction and kills those who walk in its path. David knew that he deserved to die as a result of his foolishness - now death was waiting to take him. However, David did not give up; he did everything that God required of him. He realized that his own righteousness could never save him, and that the righteousness of God was necessary for his salvation.
Do you realize that, too?

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