Restore our Joy

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restore the joy psalm 51

Psalm 51:12 says:  “Restore to me the joy of your salvation”.   The dictionary defines restore as a return of something to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition.  Return our joy – the joy we used to have in our salvation.

Ministry is demanding and it can take our joy from us.  We start out in our ministry so full of joy and plans and strength.  But somewhere along the line, it becomes difficult.  People don’t always respond the way we want them to. Barriers rise up and our work doesn’t flow smoothly, and we doubt.  We sometimes wonder if we are even doing what God would have us do.  If this is what we are suppose to be doing, why isn’t it running smoothly?  We wonder why we are here.  We become discouraged.  Our joy flows out and doesn’t return.

So we read these words of Psalm 51 and our hearts beat faster – that joy, that joy that we used to have, that joy that our salvation brought to us.  We want to bring that joy to others!  We want to have that joy back!  And God says He will restore to us that joy!

The message of Psalm 51 is repentance for our sin.  The key to our joy returning is found in verses 10 and 11 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.”  Our desire for the Lord’s presence, the Holy Spirit within us, and forgiveness for our sin create a space in our clean hearts for His joy!  

Yes, ministry is difficult and it brings out our sinful hearts.  But God can return us to our former, original, normal or unimpaired condition!  As we seek the Lord asking forgiveness, we will create a heart that can be filled with the joy of our salvation!  God will not leave us and He will fill us with joy!  


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