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The Joy of Thy Salvation

September 28, 2017

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The Joy of Thy Salvation

When there is relief  from an awful burden,  there comes a joy  that cannot be described  with words.     It is a joy  that is different  from other kinds  of joy.

People might find a joy  in their hobbies,  in a quiet evening  of rest,  in a game  or sports,  even in a nice walk  in the park,  or a job well-done.     But, none of that  can be compared  to the joy  that King David had  when he was forgiven  —  relieved of his burden  of hiding  his secret sins.

David’s sin  with Bathsheba  seemed hidden  for awhile,  but God’s love  for David confronted him  with that sin.     God knew  that David would really need  to confess his sins,  in order to be relieved  of the horrible burden  of guilt  he was carrying.     So,  God had His prophet,  Nathan,  bring about David’s confession.     After his confession,  David poured out his burdened heart  to the LORD  in Psalm 51.

In Psalm 51:10-12,  David pleads,

Create in me  a clean heart,  O God,  and renew a steadfast spirit  within me.     Do not cast me away  from Thy presence,  and do not take  Thy Holy Spirit  from me.     Restore to me  the joy  of Thy salvation,  and sustain me  with a willing spirit.

For most all his life  David had known  the forgiveness  he always had  in the LORD.     Those were the days  when he more readily confessed  his sins.     But, his sin with Bathsheba  was different.     It was so shameful,  David tried hiding it  even from God.     Yet,  he wanted  to get away  with it.

We get a bit messed up  when we get to thinking  we can hide something  from the LORD God Almighty.     Our Hide-and-Seek games  don’t go so well  with Him.     It’s not  that God doesn’t play fair.     He just  knows all things.

God even knows  when we are planning  to do something wrong.     So,  we are in  a no-win situation  when it comes  to dealing  with trying to hide something  from our Lord.     But,  there’s no reason  to get so down-in-the-mouth  about our situation.

We just need  to play fair  with God,  like King David  finally ended up doing.     God simply wants us  to always confess our sins  to Him.     With our confession,  we need to repent,  which is  to stop doing  that sin.     And,  of course,  God also wants us  to put our faith  in His forgiving love  as we strive  to live the way  He wants us to.

When we learn  to play fair  with God,  He will give us  a wondrous joy  in His salvation.     It cannot really be described,  but it is the joy  of being near  to our heavenly Father’s heart.     There is a special peace  resting in the Lord.

When we’re right  with God,  we will joyously say,  “Hallelujah!     Our Savior knows  all our needs  and brings us  to His salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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