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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Restoration. The dictionary says it means: a return of something to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition.

Lamentations 5:21 says: “Restore us to Yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored.” That we may be returned to our original condition. Before sin destroyed us. Just think about that for a moment. Doesn’t your heart long for that day when we will be restored to our Lord?

I long for that day when we will have fellowship with the Lord face to face. Walking in the garden in the cool of the evening. Our former, original, normal and unimpaired condition. Won’t that bring joy to your heart?

You may have had a long week. It may have been filled with disappointments and failure. You may be tired or weary. Life has a way of wearing us down. Ministry is filled with good and hard and difficult. This week spend some time thinking about our restoration – of God restoring us to Himself.  I thank the Lord for His restoration. He is working in my heart and yours.

Write in your journal, write a prayer, do a search on bible verses on restoration. Spend some time alone with the God who Restores and talk to Him about how your heart longs to be restored. Lamentations 5:21 tells us He will do it.

restore us to yourself