THE WORD FOR TODAY
Psalm 49-51 (Click to read Today’s Word)
Psalm 51:12 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
How do you feel when you intentional sin against God? How do you feel when you violate a clear commandment of God’s Word? How does it feel after a “binge of unholiness” when God really desired His best for us? David gives us a glimpse at the impact of sin in our life.
David, the Psalmist had been confronted with his failure with Bathsheba. His response was brokenness, repentance and a powerful admission, “Against YOU, You only, have I sinned.” Then he implored the Father, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation…” The price of this his sin was the misery of the guilt and pain that came with his decision to violate God’s standard.
The price of sin is high. Sin always promises more than it can deliver and costs more than we could ever pay. The price of David’s sin was the joy of His relationship with the Father. He didn’t feel that joy. His song was subdued. His joy was gone.
The price of our sin is high. I know there are people whose shame is keeping them from God. In deep remorse God child can cry out, “Restore to me the Joy of Your salvation”. That is a cry God will always hear. He never ignores the remorseful, repentant cry of His own. It will be painful…it should be painful…it must be painful because the price of our sin is the precious blood of Jesus Christ our Savior.
Lord, my heart hurts when I consider how and when and where I have broken Your will for my life…restore to me the joy of knowing You and serving You and help me live for YOU…In Jesus Name…AMEN!!!