We are all familiar with King David’s plea to God, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation…” Psalm 51:12. (Please read Psalm 51 if you can)
Is it natural for Christians to lose the joy that salvation plants within us? I think it is a common condition that can easily beset any Christian. If a believer like King David pleaded with God to restore salvation’s joy unto him it seems all Christians are susceptible to losing their joy. I have and it was restored as with King David. Doubtless many readers have had this experience.
It should be noted that King David did not ask that salvation be restored to him but that “the joy of thy salvation” return. King David didn’t need to be saved again for salvation is eternal – forever. King David was sorely missing the joy of God’s salvation. Admittedly, loss of salvation’s joy can make a Christian feel lost but that cannot be. It can however make us unhappy and impotent Christians.
The question arises, what causes Christians to lose the joy of their salvation? There are several causes but we’ll focus on the major one which robbed King David of his joy. He wrote, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalm 51:2. SIN stole the joy from King David. Sin will dispel the joy of any Christian.
What was King David’s recourse for regaining the joy he lost to sin? First he made a full confession to God of his sins. Sin separates (alienates) us from God and quenches (hinders) the Holy Spirit’s work within us. Confession of sin is the prerequisite for God’s forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9. No confession no forgiveness!
After confession King David entreated God to wash him thoroughly and cleanse him. Confessing our sin and obtaining God’s forgiveness brings fresh joy which expresses itself in renewed praise and worship of God. King David testified, “Then (after being forgiven) will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted.” Again, “…my tongue will sing aloud of thy righteousness.” Again, “my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.”
We have all heard the saying, “Confession is good for the soul.” It is not only true – it is necessary. It restores our relationship with God and BRINGS BACK THE JOY OF GOD’S SALVATION which stirs us to renewed worship and service.
Any Christian reading this who is battling sin can humbly confess their sin and ask for God’s forgiveness. THIS WILL BRING BACK YOUR LOST JOY!