Psalm 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
I can remember how it was when I first got saved. There was great joy in my heart. I no longer feared God's wrath and His punishment but knew that I was saved by His wonderful grace. It was a feeling of freedom, it was an overwhelming feeling of being forgiven.
During my younger years I strayed terribly away from God and the plan He had for my life. Life was pretty miserable then. Some time after I was married I began to go to church and hear the gospel and to get closer to God again. It was then that I experienced a revival in my life that really helps me to understand this verse. That revival restored that joy in that close relationship with God.
I would love to be able to say that I have never strayed since that time but I can't. I will say that I never strayed that far and I by God's grace I have never sunk that low again. I think there are times that we all need to cry out to God for that personal revival that restores to us the joy of salvation.
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