Keep The Joy

19 Sep

12Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.

One thing that the Lord has been pressing on my heart ever since He first came into my life is the theme of joy. I believe that it is crucial for Christians to find their true joy in the fact that God has adopted them as His children, the joy of His salvation.

In Psalm 51, David cries out to the Lord for forgiveness. In verse 12, he asks God to restore to him something that had departed from him, salvation’s joy.

There was no more joy in him when he sinned. That is the reason that he asks God to renew it in him, so that he would not commit that sin again. In return, David says that he will teach sinners the ways of the Lord and that they will turn to God.  These two verses make two very important claims.

1. We easily fall into sin if the joy of God’s salvation does not dwell in our hearts.

2. Sinners will not listen to us and will not turn to God when we evangelize if we do not show the joy of His salvation.

King David learnt from his mistake and realized the importance of God’s joy in his heart. I encourage you to learn from David. Keep the joy of God’s salvation in your hearts and pray every day that it would not depart from you. In return, you will not fall into sin as easily and you’re non-christian friends will be inspired by the joy they see in you, and by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, they just might turn to God.

Father, hear my prayer,

may the joy of Your salvation dwell in my heart,

and may I show this joy to the world

so that sinners would turn to You and give You praise.

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One Response to “Keep The Joy”

  1. Pam September 21, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    I think I get what you’re saying Matt…
    True joy comes from knowing God and that is only possible in salvation. When we lose sight of that we go looking for substitute joy in other things which is the very definition of sin. When we share the gospel, we’re not offering a true gospel if our joy is found in other things. What are we really offering people then if we need to find fulfillment apart from Christ? Just another set of rules?

    Good Post! It really got me thinking!

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