Restore the Joy

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”  (Psalm 51:10-12 NIV)

The verse above is taken from David’s confession before God when his sin with Bathsheba was exposed.  David realized that his sin caused his heart to be defiled.  He cries out for forgiveness and cleansing.  There are some important lessons for us in this passage as well.

Let me assure you that by trusting in Jesus, your sin and mine were atoned for in His death on the cross.  Yet there will be times when you find yourself in a compromising and tempting situation.  Like David, we may fall into the devil’s trap causing us to sin and the fellowship with the Father is broken.  Your conscience begins to trouble you until you confess it to God and ask for forgiveness.  Then the process of renewal can begin.

I don’t think there is a specific formula to follow but the verse above gives us a pattern to use when we come to God with sin in our heart.

  1. Ask that your defiled heart be made clean by God’s mercy and grace.
  2. Ask that a steadfast and faithful spirit be placed within you.
  3. Ask for a filling of the Holy Spirit.
  4. Ask for the joy you found in His salvation be restored unto you.
  5. Ask for a willingness of spirit to rely on His grace to uphold you.

First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  (1 John 1:9 NIV)  We (both you and me) fail at times to follow Christ the way we should.  When we realize that we are on the wrong path, follow the pattern above to find peace and joy in the Lord.  That’s my point for today.

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