Psalm 51:10-12 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
David prayed, "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit."
You know we live in a world where physical weariness is the the lesser complaint, the major complaint is weariness of the spirit. The extent and depth of weariness of the heart seems to be a major problem. You lay down and sleep and rest the body but wake with your heart still laden with care.
Isaiah 30:29 says Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
And yet there is a hidden, dull aching in the heart of many today that is sometimes only revealed by the Spirit of the Lord.
I believe that many Christians have allowed the joy and fire that was once there in their life to cool.
David wrote in verse11, Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
Notice here that this is not the cry of one outside of the covenant, but of one who has the Spirit. You can't take something away from someone who never had it. David regards himself as one who has the Spirit of the Lord abiding with him. In other words, the anointing. And he admits that his sin and his own rebellion have placed his anointing in jeopardy.
David had let his own wants drag him into sin which distanced him from God and he immediately lost his joy and probably his song.
In this text, if you read the whole thing, David admits his sin and repents and asks for mercy and now prays for restoration.
David prayed create in me a clean heart, renew in a right spirit within me. This is what we all need every day because with renewed spirit comes renewed joy.
Isaiah 12:3 says therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. Joy is the bucket.
Each one of us is responsible to come to the Renewer. I can't get your joy for you. You can't get my joy for me.
The Bible says in I Samuel 16:14, talking about Saul, that the spirit of the Lord departed from him. So why did the Spirit depart from Saul and stay with David? Both had committed sin.
The answer is one man stayed in rebellion. The other man moved in repentance. I Samuel 15:26 tells us that Saul rejected the Words of the Lord. When you reject God's Word, you reject Him, and our cleansing comes by the Word.
Ephesians 5:26 says the church is cleansed by the washing of the water of the Word.
The point I am trying to make is this, if you have lost your joy, if you have become weary, if you are not drawing life giving water from the wells of salvation, whether you stay in that condition or not is entirely up to you.
You can do something about it like David did or stay in that condition until you die like Saul did.
Paul wrote these words to Timothy:
II Timothy Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God which is in thee by the laying on of my hands.
Paul knew that the gift was in Timothy, because Paul had been the one who had laid hands on him to receive it. But now he was telling Timothy; you stir it up.
When David felt the joy of salvation ebbing in him, he began to know that something was wrong. This was a man who had praised God who had danced before the Lord with all his might, but from the battles of life, the cares of the world, and the sin that so easily besets us he had become weary and joyless and in need of renewal, so he came to the one who had given him his joy to begin with.
If we need a fresh baptism in the Spirit, we must come to the Baptizer.
I like the old song Victory In Jesus. My favorite part of that song is in the chorus where it says he plunged me to victory.
He will baptise you with joy and victory.
Many people have gone searching in many places looking for joy. The world can't give you real joy because it doesn't have any. All the world has is distraction or diversion. True joy can only come from the one who has it to give.
You can't get tomatoes in a hardware store.
David prayed, "Restored unto me the joy of thy salvation." In verse 15 he said, O Lord open my lips and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
If you need the joy of salvation restored to you, if you want to be once again free in praise, if you are weary, why don't you come tonight to the fountain of the Lord.
John 4:14 Whosoever shall drink of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst again but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Many Christians have given up on joy in their lives and and are settling for a dry religious ritual, but it doesn't have to be that way the joy of the Lord doesn't come by religion but by relationship.
By King Saul's rebellion he lost the joy and the anointing. By David's humble prayer he was renewed.