Wednesday, April 8
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit. Psalm 51:12
This passage is a part of King David’s prayer of repentance after the prophet Nathan confronts him about his adultery with Bathsheba. In an effort to hide his misdeed, he had lost his joy. In another of his Psalms this is how King David describes un-repented sin:
When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. - Psalm 32:3,4
This also happens to us when we too refuse to genuinely repent and seek forgiveness from those we have hurt. Un-repented sin will damage relationships, and the stress of having to keep it hidden or in avoiding certain people and places can increase mental and emotional strain. Remember what happened back in the Garden of Eden after that first sin? They hid and tried to avoid God.
It is God’s desire that we know the joy of a right relationship with Him and our fellowmen. This is why He sent Jesus to be the sacrifice for our sin, paving the way for us to return to Him and experience the joy of His salvation… If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:9. May this be your experience, especially in this Lenten season of penitence.
Lord God, I thank you for your gift of salvation, I confess to you my many sins and ask your forgiveness, and the forgiveness of those I have offended. Restore to me the joy of your salvation. Amen.