Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. – Psalm 51:12 kjv
David’s song and prayer in Psalm 51 is a plea to restore his JOY. It’s obvious that if he’s asking to restore his JOY, then he once had it and sadly lost it.
We can lose our JOY when we let sin come between us and God. In an earlier verse, Psalm 51:10, we see that David already addressed this situation when he humbly requests, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.“
To restore the JOY of the Lord in our lives, we first must cleanse ourselves of sin in our life by humbly asking God to forgive us.
Many of us are willing to declutter our houses, but are we willing to declutter our own selves? Is it important to us to spend time working on our spiritual life?
God knows when we’re truly sorry for our sin. He also know when we’re still secretly clinging to our sin and plan on returning back to it tomorrow.
There is a huge difference in our repentance. True repentance of our sin creates a desire turn ourselves back to God with an honest attempt to not do that sin any more.
Creating a clean heart will help us achieve a right spirit and attitude, which will ultimately help us reclaim our JOY of the Lord!
Restoring the JOY of our salvation also accomplishes so much more!
David says in Psalm 51:13 kjv, “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”
Our lives are a living testimony to win souls to Christ.
When we have true JOY in our lives, the world will be able to see God through us. Sinners will have a reason to want to know the LORD as well.
May I encourage you today to restore the JOY of the Lord in your life by taking time to evaluate what might be blocking a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father?!
Invest in your spiritual life…. you will reap the rewards, and you will also be a testimony to the world.
May God bless you and your family,