Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right and steadfast spirit within me… Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit (Psalm 51:10-12 AMP).
Beloved, are you at that place where you watch everybody so full of joy but it feels so different for you. Perhaps, for one reason or the other, it feels like the weight of the whole world is on your shoulder and you just can’t find anything to be joyful about. Well, you don’t have to remain that way. You can do something about it.
I remember watching my daughter once and seeing how she was so full of joy, it made me almost jealous of her because I wasn’t just in the mood that day but I began to ask myself; “what’s happening here?” This is how we should always be. Does it mean she didn’t have anything she was dealing with? I bet the answer was no but she was still joyful. As I watched my daughter so full of joy, our feature text came to mind… Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit…
You have got to get to that point where you tell God something is not right here. I need you to help restore back to me what I’m missing.
The other scripture that also came to mind was… Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation (Isaiah 12:3 NKJV). As I meditated on this text, I began to picture joy as a bucket or jar and without it, you can’t partake of the goodness that comes with our salvation package. The Message translation actually says… Joyfully you’ll pull up buckets of water from the wells of salvation. However, if you don’t have joy, there’s nothing to fetch with
Beloved, one thing I have observed is that the devil just comes and throws all sort of things at us and we tend to think we can’t do anything about it. He says “be sad” and we are like “okay, I am going to be sad. He comes and says “cry” and we are like “okay I’ll cry. How long do you want me to cry for?” but that’s rubbish. You have got to be intentional about taking a hold of all that your salvation has been made available so that the… thief who has come to steal, kill and destroy… (John 10:10) does not steal it from you.
Beloved… the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17 NKJV). Do you need your joy to be restored? Go get you some Ron Kenoly’s ‘Righteousness, Peace and Joy (in the Holy Ghost)’ old gospel tune and dance to it all week as you ask the Lord to restore your joy.
Beloved… Be full of joy [Rejoice] in the Lord always. I will say again, be full of joy [rejoice] (Philippians 4:4 EXB).