Restoration of JOY
Bible verses on joy in Psalms 51:12 say “restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
The Joy of Salvation is the Joy of the Lord over a sinner that repented and be saved. For the salvation of a sinner brings joy to the Lord, God then sees the repented sinner whom redeemed by the blood of the Lamb as his son. “But as many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of GOD, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12.
When you are saved, your name is recorded in the book of life. But, once you go astray or backslide your name is erased completely from the book of life “And the Lord said unto Moses, whosoever hath sinned against me. Him will I blot out of my book.” Exodus 32:33
David’s sinned against God: in 2 Samuel 12:1-13 “AND the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveler unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and said to Nathan, as the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wife into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel an of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? Thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD. Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shall not die.
Restoration of the Joy: When your sins are forgiven, Joy of the Lord is restored. In order for your sins to be forgiven as in case of David in 2 Samuel 12:13, he shows qualities of humility, genuine repentance, patience and faith. David sinned and was confronted with it, he repented and was forgiven. One must acknowledge one’s sins when confronted by conscience, Holy Spirit or fellow human being. And pray for forgiveness as David prayed wholeheartedly and his prayer was answered immediately. Without praying for forgiveness of your sins and for your sins to be forgiven the joy of the lord cannot be restored, which David was praying for, that is, God would not have joy in you! That’s why David kept on praying even in psalms 51:1-19. But in verse 14 of these psalms 51 “Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
Why David kept on praying for God: David kept on praying to God because he was still perturbed in his mind and wanted to be totally cleaned from his blood-guiltiness and he knew that only God is his salvation “O God thou God of my salvation:” absolutely knew and believed that he can restored back the joy of salvation, which he had once experienced.
And uphold me with thy free Spirit: David included this phrase in his prayer to conform to restoration of joy of the salvation. Because, it is reliable, David prayed for the free spirit of God to uphold him because he knew that after the forgiveness and restoration without Holy Spirit to guides him he can backslide.
The joy of salvation can only be restored, if you acknowledge your sins and pray sincerely with humility for forgiveness and also for Holy Spirit to guide you so as not to backslide. May the Lord almighty have joy daily in our life in Jesus name-AMEN