During the past few weeks I've been really praying for God to restore my peace and my joy. Throughout the process of this divorce, it was a struggle to enjoy things around me. So I began praying about a month ago that God would restore to me the joy of my salvation.
Psalm 51: 10-12 reads "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."
This has become part of my prayers. I have prayed consistently that God would renew my spirit, restore peace and joy to me. And I am pleased to tell you that as of right now, I feel that is exactly what he has done for me. I have more happy days than sad. More laughter and less tears. More confidence and less fear. And I believe with my whole heart it has come about because of my prayers for myself and those of my friends for me. God is faithful and he will do what he has promised.
I looked at that verse one more time and I happened to read forward. Psalm 51:13 says "Then I will teach transgressors your ways and sinners will turn back to you."
I've always considered this passage one about me. But upon further review I see that God will use my restoration to bring himself glory. When he restores the joy of salvation to me, I will then teach others to have that restoration as well.
You see, it's not about me. It's not even close to being about me. It has been and always will be about Him.
Thank you God for restoring unto me the joy of my salvation. I pray that you will now use me to help others find that joy as well. Continue to guide me and mold me into your image. It is you Oh Lord that I love beyond measure. No one but you. Amen.