"Restore the joy of Your salvation to me..." - Psalm 51:12
Do you ever feel indifferent towards God? Silly question right? If we're honest, we've all been there. There are times when we just aren't feeling it. In fact, there are moments daily when I display symptoms of Gospel amnesia. I lose sight of God and His goodness and begin to look to something other than Him to be the source of my joy and satisfaction. This is the spiritual heart condition in which sin flourishes.
So how do we deal with this struggle? I submit to you that this simple request of David found in the middle of one of the most gut-wrenching and honest prayers in Scripture is a good place to start.
King David, described as a man after God's own heart, found himself in an embarrassing and scandalous mess that included adultery, deception, and eventually murder. After David was confronted by the Prophet Nathan, he is genuinely broken and composes this raw prayer of confession and repentance. I believe that David is fully aware that what got him into this mess was a lapse in seeing God as the sufficient source of his joy and satisfaction. I also believe that David knew that only through God enabling him to return to the joy in his salvation would he be able to avoid this type of destructive sinful detour again.
Maybe we haven't landed ourselves in a situation like the one David wound up in. But, let's not be fooled into thinking that if our hearts aren't regularly returning to Jesus as our joy we can't go there. It is only a matter of time before we are lured away into the deceptive trap of the enemy to look elsewhere...lust, control, success, possessions, drugs or alcohol, food, the praise of others, etc.
This Lent, we are asking God to help us to grow as His followers, a.k.a. disciples. At the core of being a maturing disciple of Jesus is a heart that is increasingly finding joy in Him and what He has done for us. Take time today to pray that God would keep us rejoicing in Him.
Father, I pray that you would reveal where we have lost the joy of our salvation and looked to other things as poor substitutes. I pray that by your Spirit you would restore our joy in you. Amen.
By the way, if you want to hear a musical version of Psalm 51 you can go listen to one from Jon Foreman here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh3cO1rTtqE