Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
July 2 Scripture Selection: Psalm 51-52
Food for Thought: Ps. 51:7-14
Psalm 51 is a great passage for people who are tired of living a life without Christ and want a new life in Him. However, it isn’t really a completely accurate prayer for a Christian who has sinned, though repentance for having sinned is healthy and very helpful for cutting off the influence of the enemy from their lives and restoring relationships that have been harmed by a particular misdeed.
What many people do not understand is that when one accepts Christ as Savior, He literally moves in to one’s being by His Spirit and becomes one spirit with the person. I Corinthians 6:17 says, “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” Notice also in Ephesians 1:13 that one is sealed with the Holy Spirit upon trusting in Him and receiving the Gospel of salvation. While it is possible to grieve the Holy Spirit by one’s actions, He does not leave. (Otherwise, He would be coming and going constantly.) Ephesians 4:30 says, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” He promised to never leave, regardless of our failures. The part in us where the Holy Spirit dwells, with our spirit, remains sealed and untouched by sin. It is in the flesh and the soul (intellect, emotions, will) where the damage is done, yet it, too, can be restored.
King David did not enjoy this type of relationship with the Lord. Though he did appreciate the presence of the Holy Spirit upon him, David’s relationship was based on his actions and experienced Him in his soul and flesh, not in his spirit. However, the New Testament believer enjoys the benefits of the new covenant brought about by Jesus Christ. The burden of guilt has been removed by the constant, cleansing blood of Jesus, and He always lives to make intercession for us, preventing any separation between the believer and God (Heb. 7:25). Romans 3:33-35 explains this certainty that we have: “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”
Of course, this is not permission to sin. (See Rom. 6:1, 2.) Knowing the love of God, who would want to?! And besides, sin does have its consequences in the flesh and soul and does not allow the Light to shine as brightly in our lives so that others can be drawn to it. However, despite our failings, the Lord does not desire that we carry around guilt when He paid such a high price to remove it. Rather, He desires constant communion with Him within our spirit, which we are free to have with Him anytime, regardless of our past mistakes.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):