Staying In His Presence
“Clean and Renew My Heart”
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”
~ Psalms 51:10-12 NKJV
February 9, 2021
Because of his sinful nature, David petitioned God for inward renewal of his heart, preservation of his peace, and restoration of his joy. He was aware that he had become indifferent in his spirit, so he needed spiritual restoration. David was not concerned about losing salvation. And he was not speaking of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit did not indwell Old Testament believers as He does New Testament believers. David's sole desire was for the relationship between him and God to be restored. And David realized to experience the joy he once had in his salvation; he needed spiritual renewal. And David didn't want to continue to feel this way and be cast away from the presence of God as Saul was previously.
We, the children of God, often only begin to appreciate the importance of knowing God’s presence when we are deprived of it through their spiritual wanderings. We cannot allow sin to divide us from an intimate relationship with God the Father. Being castaway is a result of us breaking our covenant relationship with our Father. We need to desire and appreciate a clean heart and constantly seek a spiritual renewal with our Father every day. Our joy is restored when seek the presence of the Lord.
Something to consider today:
What are those sins in our lives that keep us from God?
Why is it so difficult to repent even when we know it is causing division with God?
What are some things we can do to create a clean spirit within us and renew our relationship with the Lord?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please clean my heart today. And renew my spirit, so I can walk in the love, peace, and joy of my salvation. I pray that You restore and refresh our relationship. And I thank You, Lord, for your many blessings and promises — and never throwing me away. Please, continue to uphold me in Your presence.
In Jesus' name, AMEN!
“May His Grace, His Mercy and His Presence be with you always”
Dr. Gregory L. Beechaum, Sr.