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As David states, “Create in me a clean heart” (v. 10). He is interested in more than just forgiveness of sins. He wants a new heart and not just his old one changed. He is not asking for restoration but for regeneration. He prays that the Holy Spirit will not be taken from him (v. 11). This is the first time that the Holy Spirit is referred to in Scripture and actually it is mentioned only one other time in the Old Testament (Isaiah 63:10-11). We need to keep in mind that the Holy Spirit did not indwell the believer until after Pentecost so this was a very special occasion.
As a born-again Christian we can never lose our salvation; but we can certainly lose the joy of our salvation. Dr. James P. Gills, the founder and medical director of St. Luke’s Cataract Institute in Tarpon Springs, Florida has written a booklet entitled “Jesus Laughing.” He starts out by telling how many Christians sit in their pews on Sunday morning singing “I’ve got the joy-joy-joy-joy down in my heart” but they act like they have been baptized in pickle juice. David says “Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation” (v. 12). He had lost his joy because of sin and that joy could only be restored after the cause of his depression, guilt and sin had been removed. He did not take his depression to a psychologist. He knew that his depression was caused by sin and it was only God who could restore the joy of His salvation.
Much of the depression in the lives of Christians today is caused by sin. It might be because of some lie told, some impure thought or because of some TV program watched or being angry at someone. In order to have joy I must constantly be on guard as to the things I am allowing to come into my thought life.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
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Psalms 48:1-8Jerusalem is Greatly to be Praised
Psalms 48:9-14The People Are Invited to Rejoice in God
Psalms 49:1-15Observation of The Prosperity of The Wicked
Psalms 49:16-20The Hope of The Righteous is Eternal
Psalms 50:1-6The Lord Came to Judge
Psalms 50:7-15The Lord’s Indictment Against Formalism
Psalms 50:16-23The Lord’s Indictment Against Hypocrisy
Psalms 51:1-9An Appeal to God’s Love And Compassion
Psalms 51:10-13David Petitioned God For Inward Renewal
Psalms 51:14-19A Prayer For General Prosperity
Psalms 52:1-4The Destruction of a Man of Treachery
Psalms 52:5-7Destroying Others to Make Yourself Look Good
Psalms 52:8-9The Destiny of The Man of Faith
Psalms 53:1-6God’s View of The Human Race
Psalms 54:1-7The Confident Prayer For Deliverance