Morning devotion: Read Psalm 85
Psalms 85:1 ¶<<To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.>> LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob. 2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah. 3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger. 4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease. 5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations? 6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? 7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
After 400 years of captivity in the world of Egypt, God saves Jacob who is called Israel. They were saved from the sin of captivity and slavery and brought to a new land a favorable land. The Psalmist recounts the glory of those days and the goodness of the Lord. Read the book of Exodus.
Then, in verse 4, he begins to look inward and sees the sliding and sin of his own nation. Years and years after Israel’s deliverance the nation needed revival. They needed God to help them once again. He asks the Lord: “wilt thou be angry with us forever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?”
They had lost their joy and needed the Lord’s mercy.
There is great joy in salvation. When one is saved by the Lord Jesus Christ and one’s life is become new and old things are passed away, there is a great joy. There is joy in the presence of the angels. There is joy in the one who was saved, for even the Ethiopian eunuch went on his way rejoicing. There is great joy in being born-again. It is a defining moment of life and eternal life.
However, sometimes, after one has been saved for a while, things begin to change and for whatever reason, Christians sometimes, fall into sin. The joy begins to wane or it is gone altogether and revival is needed.
David recounts his lack of joy after wandering off into sin. His desire was to experience the joy of salvation once again. Not that he lost his salvation; no, that was not the case. David lost the joy of his salvation, he lost a certain freedom of spirit because of his sin.
David pleads with the Lord. Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
My dear friend, are you down and depressed, have you lost the joy of your salvation? Do your shoulders hang low and have you need of God’s mercy?
He wants to restore you to righteousness and give you the joy you once experienced. Will you be as the Psalmist; will you turn to the Lord and seek his forgiveness and his mercy. Will you again, go on your way rejoicing?
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Habakkuk 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
The choice is still yours,