Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation

As believers, we know that joy is an essential fruit of the Holy Spirit. In fact, Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that joy is one of the nine fruits that the Holy Spirit produces in our lives. However, there are times when we may find ourselves struggling to experience joy in our walk with the Lord. Perhaps we're going through a difficult season, facing a challenging situation, or feeling overwhelmed by the demands of daily life. Whatever the reason, it's important to remember that restoring our joy in the Lord is possible, and it starts with our relationship with Him.

One of the first steps to restoring our joy in the Lord is to recognize the source of true joy. The world offers temporary happiness, which is often based on circumstances and can quickly fade away. But true joy comes from a relationship with God that is rooted in love, faith, and trust. Psalm 16:11 says, "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." When we seek God's presence and prioritize our relationship with Him, we open ourselves up to experience the fullness of joy that comes from knowing Him.

Another key to restoring our joy in the Lord is to focus on gratitude. It's easy to get caught up in the challenges and difficulties of life, but when we shift our focus to the blessings and goodness of God, it can help us to regain our perspective and renew our joy. Psalm 100:4 says, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name!" When we approach God with a heart of gratitude, we're able to see His hand at work in our lives, even amid difficult circumstances. As we focus on His goodness and faithfulness, our joy can be renewed. Pray a prayer of gratitude and see how that can bring us joy as we count our blessings.

Another important aspect of restoring our joy in the Lord is to surrender our worries and anxieties to Him. It's easy to become weighed down by the cares of this world, but when we release our burdens to the Lord, we're able to experience His peace and rest. Philippians 4:6-7 says, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." When we cast our cares on Him and trust in His provision, we're able to experience a sense of peace and contentment that can lift our hearts and bring joy back into focus.

One other important aspect of restoring our joy in the Lord involves an intentional commitment to obedience. When we follow God's commands and seek to live according to His will, we position ourselves to experience His blessings and favor. Psalm 119:1-2 says, "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart." When we seek to honor God with our lives, we're able to experience the blessings and joy that come from walking in His ways.

Finally, it's good to remember that joy is not happiness. Happiness often comes and goes as our circumstances change. Joy is a spiritual peace and contentment that only comes from God and can be strong even during difficult seasons. God’s desire is not to make us happy in this life but to fill our lives with joy because of our relationship with Christ.”

Restoring our lost joy in the Lord is possible, but it requires an intentional commitment to prioritize our relationship with Him. As we seek His presence, as we focus on gratitude, surrender our worries, and commit to obedience, we position ourselves to experience the fullness of joy that comes from knowing Him. I pray that you will press on in your walk with the Lord, trusting in His goodness and faithfulness, and experiencing the joy that comes from a life surrendered to Him.

Credit: Ron Kelley

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