Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Restore the Joy

 10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
 11Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
 12Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
 13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 
(Psalm 51:10-13, King James Version)

Restore the Joy

We must often ask ourselves the question, "In a country such as the United States, where there are so many professing Christians, why do we see such widespread corruption?" Going a step farther, why, among these professing Christians, do we see so much depression and discouragement? Why are Christians so unhappy?

It appears that this is not so very unusual; even the Psalmist cried out to the Lord, Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Backing up just one verse, the Psalmist pleads, Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Are these two thoughts related?

We are all so busy with our lives that we often neglect the more important task of maintaining a right spirit with the Lord. How do we do that? Just look at our daily schedules. How would we add one more thing? Does the Bible give us any examples?

Of the many examples given in the Word, the one that always seems to come to my mind first is that of Daniel. Was Daniel an important person? Did he have a busy life? Considering the fact that for several rulers he was one of the chief counselors, do you think he had a busy schedule? Did his busyness and importance lead to a corrupt lifestyle? No! As a matter of fact his enemies could not find any fault in him.

However, they knew that Daniel loved the Lord God above all, and that was where they hoped to bring him down. No matter how busy he was, Daniel took time out three times a day to spend time in prayer and meditation with God. How much time each day do we spend in prayer and meditation? How much time in a week do we spend in prayer and meditation? Do you think there is a correlation?

Do you desire to have an effective testimony before the unsaved around you? Do you desire to lead others to Christ? As Christians, these desires should be at the top of all of our lists. It was during this time of meditation that the Psalmist plead with God knowing that when God renewed a right spirit within him, and restored the joy of his salvation, he would be in a position to teach transgressors Gods ways and sinners would be converted to Christ.

Go to Christ and pray these verses to Him. May Christians today rise up and be the light and salt to this world that they are meant to be!

God Bless You,
Linda



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