The Way Back (Psalm 51), Part XII

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Psalm 51:11-12

The fifty-first Psalm is one of my favorite Psalms and one of my favorite chapters in the Bible.  It is the song and prayer of David’s confession after his sins of adultery with Bathsheeba and subsequent murder of her husband, Uriah.  In my opinion, this chapter is the best example in the Bible of a prayer of a true penitent.  If we ever find ourselves having sinned, this is the chapter that shows us “the way back to God.”  We will take a couple of weeks and look at it verse by verse.

In verse 12, David asks the Lord to “Restore unto me the joy of my salvation…”  When we stray from the Lord and get into sin, we do not lose our salvation, but we most definitely can lose the joy of our salvation.  We can become bitter and unhappy.  We can, like the prodigal son, spend some time wallowing in the pig pen, eating the husks of the world.  I have heard it said that the most miserable person in the world is a Christian who is not right with the Lord.

One of the greatest things about coming back to the Lord when we have strayed from Him is that restoration of joy.  If we find ourselves living a joyless life, then we should probably check our relationship with the Lord.  When we are walking with Him and fellowshipping with Him, there is a joy in our life and a joy in our salvation.  David also mentions being “upheld with His free spirit.”  When we are walking with the Lord, we can feel a freedom in His spirit.  We have joy and freedom with Him, but we so often decide to entangle ourselves in sin, and we start to lose that feeling of freedom and we start to lose that joy.

Wherever we find ourselves right now, we can and should have a joy and freedom in our salvation.  That is found as we walk with Him.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben, for showing us how to check our joy levels to see where we are at with God. I can always tell something is wrong by my lack of joy! God bless you!

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