Restoring the Joy of Salvation
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12
The thought hit me so vividly as the brother in our church guided us through Psalm 51. In many of my prayers, I’ve asked God for numerous things. But never can I recall in my walk with Christ asking Him to “restore the joy of my salvation”.
What about you, sister? Have you found your current situation to be a real joy-stealer? Have you fled to the throne of grace time and time again for mercy (Hebrews 4:16), but crawled away heavy laden with the guilt of what you done despite being forgiven? Our emotions don't always align with truth, but true joy is a fixed position - not a passive feeling.
When we ask for our joy to be restored, we are asking from a redemptive stance and for aid to have our sights fixated back on our Savior, who promised us His peace is always with us (John 14:27). There’s nothing wrong with asking God to restore us with His Word, in His grace, and by His Spirit. Restoring our joy and strengthening ourselves begins with renewing our minds in who He is, and what He has promised.
Heavenly Father, every moment we need to have our minds renewed in Your promises. This world can be such a chaotic place to dwell, but help us remember that our joy is fixed in Christ, not our present circumstances. Thank You for saving us in Him. Amen.
Are you weary? Weak? Heavy-laden? Pray for the Father to renew your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Your joy in every situation is found in Him.
Born and raised in Texas, Emerald enjoys coffee, books, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite breed of dog is a Corgi, and she loves listening to smooth jazz while learning a new word a day from the dictionary. Her heroes in the faith are Elisabeth Elliot, R.C. Sproul Sr., and John MacArthur.