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In Psalm 51, David is in spiritual anguish. He is buckling under the weight of his sin, both the guilt of it and the stain of it. And he says something incredibly insightful, something that cuts to the heart. The worst thing David can think of happening to him is not “getting caught.” It’s not having his reputation ruined. It’s not even feeling guilty or being punished. The worst thing David can conceive of happening to him is that he would not have the Holy Spirit.
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
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We may suppose that, theologically speaking, David knew this was not a possibility. In fact, we know from another of David’s ditties (Psalm 139), that he is a firm believer in both the omnipresence of God’s Spirit and the immanence of God’s Spirit. But in his anguished state, desperate for grace and restoration, he is stripped down to the most fundamental human desire: to know and be known by God intimately, personally. We long for God to come near and fellowship with us. We all want, deep down, to be friends with God. And David’s worst nightmare is to live one second apart from the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit.
It ought to be ours as well.
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But if you are a Christian—if you’ve repented of your sin and placed your faith in Jesus Christ to receive his sinless life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection for your own—you are forgiven and free and fellowshipping with God. Like, right now. Right this very second, you are enjoying the presence of God, closer than the hair on your head and the skin on your bones.
And this is what the Holy Spirit is committed to doing in your life: making you more and more aware of your closeness with God through union...
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