This is the second part in the series on Joy

“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation and renew a right spirit within me.” — Psalm 51:12

You might be wondering why I have suddenly switched to the King James Version; it’s because this is how I learnt the above scripture as a child in a song by Keith Green. Maybe you know it too?

“Create in me a clean heart, oh God
And renew a right spirit within me

Cast me not away from Thy presence, oh Lord
And take not Thy holy spirit from me
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation
And renew a right spirit within me”

I guess there are lots of things that can steal our joy but sometimes we manufacture our own unhappiness, and this takes our joy from us. We compare which makes us despair. We whine when we should choose to shine. Sometimes (maybe controversially) we serve more than we seek.

Really only God’s work in our hearts can deal with these joy stealers and restore to us the joy of our salvation. God’s word tells us that these things are not good for us. When we confess our lack of focus on God, his goodness, and sovereignty, he is faithful and just. He will clean our hearts, renew us and restore the joy of our salvation, which is the ultimate joy, knowing that nothing else really matters.

“You shall not covet your neighbour’s house.  You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.” — Exodus 20:17

— Natalie G.

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