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Repentant Joy


Psalm 51

Verse 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.


Yesterday we started looking at how we find joy in who Jesus is. It is this knowledge of who He is that brings us to a true knowledge of who we are.


When we come to the true knowledge of who Jesus is, we can’t help but see ourselves as we really are, sinful to the core. This passage before us today is the result of King David coming face to face with the truth of himself in light of the holiness of God. This song of repentance comes after Nathan gives David a parable about his sin with Bathsheba (1 Samuel 12:1-14). A song isn’t something we generally associate with repentance but David was someone who wrote songs about everything.


We may think it strange to think of joy and repentance coexisting and yet David knew the truth of joy coming from repentance. He knew that joy comes from the presence of Jesus in our life and that true repentance is the only way to have the fullness of His presence. Notice what David says in verse 11, “Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. David knew that sin drags us away from God and that His Holy Spirit can’t live with sin.


David was serious about the nature of his sin and said, that he wanted God to create a new heart in him. David didn’t just want his sin to be forgiven, he wanted God to do a work in his heart and life so that he wouldn’t be tempted to sin in this way again. He asked God to help him be steadfast in his living so that sin wouldn’t be his desire. He wanted to desire God more than his sin. He didn’t want to be a slave to his sinful nature any longer.


Sin is detestable to God and it should be to us too. To have the joy that comes from being close to God we need to see that joy doesn’t come from the things that we think will bring pleasure. We have to come to the point where we know sinful temptations in our life won’t bring the joy we truly desire and then we have to make the choice to choose God and His joy instead of the thing that we think will bring us the pleasure we want. If what we think we want won’t bring us closer to God, it will never bring us the joy that comes with being in His presence.


Making It Personal

What have you been seeking pleasure from that could be stealing your joy? What decision is before you right now that you know is a choice between obedience and sin? Which will bring true joy?


Making It Personal Kids

What is sin? What does Jesus think about sin? Do you love Jesus more than you love sin?


Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for the conviction the Holy Spirit uses to show us our sin. Give us the strength and wisdom needed choose You and Your joy every time. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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