Savior Series

The Joy of Our Salvation

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Today we are going to be looking at Psalm 51:12:

Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

This is the psalm David wrote after committing adultery with Bathsheba, which is somewhat related to the humility piece we talked about yesterday. (If you haven’t had a chance to read it, here is the link.)

I want to back up again to a couple of verses before this one:

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me. -Psalm 51:10-11

I admire David coming to God confessing and asking for forgiveness. When we commit acts of disobedience that goes against God it can be hard to come to Him and confess and ask for forgiveness.

My stubborn heart rather make excuses, or look for reason that validate the choice that I made.

David doesn’t do any of that, instead he comes before God with a repentant heart, and doesn’t try to hide from his sin (because God already knows) but comes to God not to ask for more willpower to do better, but for a fresh covering of the Holy Spirit.

In the verse for today, David asked for a “renewed joy of salvation”, which is closely related to feeling His presence in a new way, the joy of receiving salvation (or being saved) is what initially can safeguard and protect us from giving into temptation.

In your own walk with God, can you remember your own “joy of salvation” experience?

How has that changed now? What can you do to get back the “joy of your salvation?”

It’s that feeling of freedom and life and power given to us by the power of the Holy Spirit,

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

David specially begs God not to take His spirit away, and if we look to other verses later in the Psalm, after David asks for a clean spirit within him, he tells God what he plans to do with that new spirit within him.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise. – Psalm 51:13-15

He wants to use God’s renewed spirit of joy within him to teach, and praise God.

It is from a truly repentant heart that comes a pure heart. From a pure heart comes a steadfast spirit. 

As he desires that “steadfast spirit” we see that steadfast refers to, ” to be firm, to make ready, and be prepared.”

He wants to do better, not only because he knows better, but because the one that is in him is greater than the what is in the world.

To do better is our human desire, but to be better is only possible through God.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

Following our #saviorseries, David refers to God as his Savior in verse 14.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

If you don’t know the full story of David and Bathsheba I encourage you to read it. Notice how David’s sin isn’t’ without consequences.

There are always consequences to our actions, but God has the power to deliver us from guilt and shame and place a renewed steadfastness with us.

His steadfast spirit within us is constant, stable and secure. We put our hope and trust Him because he has done that for us.

Because of David’s decision to commit adultery, he had to deal with quite a tangled web to say the least, but because he came before God humbly and with a contrite heart, God forgave him and restored the joy of his salvation.

We have been in the middle of this stay-at-home order, or quarantine, or however you what to say it, we are now in week 6 or so of this “new normal”. I want to encourage you not to grow weary or lose heart, and if you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, depressed, (or ready to sell your kids on the corner…. j/k) come to God honestly about your heart condition and pray Psalm 51:10-12.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

He is gracious to forgive you, and even more gracious to show you His faithfulness, time and time again. And our doing going is only possible through the Holy Spirit inside of us!

Additional Scripture:

2 Samuel 11 (the story of David and Bathsheba)

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