David knew how special it was to have the presence of the Holy Spirit and he relied upon the Spirit. So should we. In fact, we should seek the intimacy with God that David had at all times. We will be filled with the warmth of God’s favour and presence if we do…
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 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.
These words of prayer are David’s cry for a fresh start from God after he sinned against the Lord. In this prayer, however, we can also see the goal and ideal of our relationship with God. What David wants back is the thing we should all want always.
He prays for a clean and pure heart and a steadfast spirit within himself. David wants to be like God. Pure. Holy. And he wants to stand firm in that position.
David knows that he needs God’s presence to be successful. He asks for the Holy Spirit to be strong within him. At this time, the Holy Spirit had not been granted to every follower of God (that began at Pentecost in the early church). David knew how special it was to have the presence of the Holy Spirit and he relied upon the Spirit. So should we.
The joy of salvation is like rocket fuel in our faith. Take joy that you have been redeemed from your sin and separation from God. Be filled with the warmth of God’s favour and presence because of his salvation given to you in Jesus.
David asks for a willing spirit to sustain him. How willing are we to live in discipleship, surrendered to God? This is the essence of right relationship. It isn’t something we need only when we fall short.
No, rather we should be seeking that willing spirit and surrender at all times. May we follow David in seeking this intimacy and relationship with the Lord…