“The Restoration of Joy!”
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12
King David wrote this psalm after his indiscretion with Bathsheba, when the prophet Nathan came to him. David’s heart was full of guilt and conviction about his sin. He pleads for God to CLEANSE him from his transgressions. He asks God to BLOT OUT his transgressions, and to WASH AWAY all his iniquity.
In verse ten, he says: “CREATE in me a pure heart, God, and RENEW a steadfast spirit within me.” David is seeking not ONLY FORGIVENESS, but also the RESTORATION of the JOY of the SALVATION that is provided by ONLY the Almighty God. He goes on to ask God to grant him a WILLING spirit, to sustain him. A “WILLING spirit,” which is an OBEDIENT spirit that would SUSTAIN him, or would SUPPORT him.
David, a man after God’s own heart, allowed a DISOBEDIENT spirit or an UNWILLING spirit to invade his life and as he said in verse four: “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight;” David acknowledged his sin, which is the first step in the act of REPENTANCE.
A TRUE BELIEVER, today, is much like David, when they are trying to hide their sin. The guilt and conviction from the Holy Spirit of God permeates their soul, and they seek FORGIVENESS and RESTORATION. The JOY of the SALVATION, which God provides through the sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ has been greatly diminished, and they too, must ACKNOWLEDGE their sin, and come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and a WILLING or OBEDIENT spirit, to support or SUSTAIN them. Then and ONLY then can they once again experience the JOY of God’s gift of SALVATION.
If you have not come to God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, then you have NOT experienced the JOY of God’s gift of SALVATION, and you are destined for an eternity filled with torment, torture, pain, agony, and despair. If you will ACKNOWLEDGE that you are a sinner, and will seek FORGIVENESS from God, by: CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and then you can experience the JOY of God’s SALVATION. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!