Living in Joy
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12
The sin which is now in David’s mind and heart has filled his life with unhappiness. He is experiencing the loss of joy because his sin suffocates it, and this state of mind leads him to ask God for restoration. The joy David knew he could have comes through having God’s forgiveness.
We all want the joy of our salvation living in our heart, but it doesn’t happen when we ignore the sin. Again David asked for a willing spirit. Wouldn’t it be great to have the kind of spirit which readily confessed? The type of spirit that doesn’t hesitate to be humble and open before God. The spirit which wastes no time on trying to justify sin but readily takes responsibility for the action then confesses to God. Often what happens is we try and rewrite what we think God meant to say.
God designed a way for His creation to live, and apart from His plan joy ceases. What joy we often forfeit, simply because we won’t carry everything to the Lord. He desires to have his joy be our strength but when we are weighed down with the pains of this world, joy has no output. Real deep joy is found in a relationship with God, not in a circumstance.
Today in the Workplace
Do you have a willing spirit? What needs to be restored?
Breaktime Bible Study: Living in Joy
- Read Today’s Breaktime
- Review Scripture
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12
- Answer the Questions
What is David asking God to do? Why would David want joy?
Have you ever asked God to restore your joy? Why?
What robs your joy?
Joy is found in a relationship. How can God restore your relationship?