Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
(Psalm 51:12 ESV)
Have you ever met someone who had just become a Christian and was “on fire” for God? Did you say to yourself, “I wish I were still like that?” We don’t intend for it to happen, but after time, that passion or joy often ebbs and other things in life take priority and focus. Or maybe, you never even had that “fire”because you were saved at an early age and have been a Christian for nearly your entire life.
Whatever the reason is, you are not alone. In fact, the Psalmist even asked for that joy to be restored as it once had been. As we read this we must realize that salvation is from the Lord and not of our own doing. We often substitute the “your” in this verse with “my”. Read these verses today and focus on the work of Jesus in our salvation and allow Him to bring back the joy of the Gospel that may have taken a backseat in your life.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23 ESV)
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 ESV)
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5 ESV)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV)