Psalm 51:12-13 NIV “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.”
We all wander from our God at some point. And at some point we must be restored. To loose the joy of knowing the salvation we have in God and the eternal joys that wait for us in the future, is debilitating for our souls. We can experience doubt, fear, and regret which can burn up our faith and strength to resist these temptations. It can take time to sort out why these elements of unbelief get hold of our souls, but as we resist them, we overcome.
When the joy returns we have the Spirit of God renewed in us and He fills our lives once more. This Spirit is our motivation and stamina to stay the course in the Christian life and serve God with all our strength and skill.
Service springs from joy. We are loved by God and so the realisation of that causes us to love Him. This spills over to loving others also, not just Christians but those who are lost from God. It all comes from God and not from ourselves. But we pray for a willing spirit – a true desire that all will learn God’s ways through lives lived in faith.
People will see it and want it for themselves. Christians are attractive to others, as they see a strength they don’t recognise. As we exhibit the strength of God, other people can see it is not our own might or power, but a mighty over-arching strength from outside ourselves. To be able to stand in the face of aggravation, disappointment and ill will, is quite a feat and people close to us notice it. Some will even ask you about it giving an opportunity to testify…
We live in selfish times, but some are getting tired of the opposition to a fulfilling life outside of the demands of work. There must be more and there is. If you are a Christian, you know what it is and the joy of the Spirit will help you share the good news.
It’s not hard to work out….
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.”
Will you pray this prayer..?