“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
Have you ever met a new Christian that was “on fire” for God? Did you say to yourself, “I wish I was still like that”?
For some of us our spiritual passion has been replaced with life’s daily grind and has taken our focus away from God. Sometimes our relationship with God fades away and seems as if it never existed at all. This separation ultimately creates a life of fear, shame and doubt. We then ask ourselves, “How did I get to this point?”
In Psalm 51, David confronted his sin, poured out his soul to God in prayer for mercy and grace. By verse twelve David was asking God to restore the joy in his heart because he had been forgiven.
I don’t know about you, but when I look back at my early years of receiving salvation I realize I had something amazing, something better than gold. These years were so special and dear to my heart. But just like David, over time my life was consumed by this fallen world. It got a hold of me making my soul feel broken. I remember at one point it was challenging to take a simple breath, to rise out of bed and to place one foot in front of the other.
Being saved does not mean your life will be a bed of roses. As David recognized from his sinful act it is not humanly possible to have a fulfilled and joyful heart without Him. Although this world will continually challenge you, your worst day with Jesus will be far better than your best day without Him. My hope and prayer is that you read this verse today and focus on the work of Jesus in renewing your salvation. Allow Him to RESTORE the hope and joy of the Gospel that may have taken a backseat in your life.