From Pastor’s Desk:
Way back in time before I started seriously studying Scripture, I would “quote” this verse as “Restore unto me the joy of my salvation…” With quite a few mistakes (okay, sins) under my belt, I realized, finally, that if it is my salvation, I am in a lot of trouble. I am not able to maintain it. Within myself, temptations are impossible to overcome. Trials bring so much grief that I am prone to give in and give up rather than give them to God.
Psalm 51 is written by David after an act of penitence. Failing so horribly when confronted with the temptation of a beautiful woman, and the consequent murder of her husband, he realized that he had done wrong. Added to that is the fact that he would probably not have ‘fessed up, had it not been for Nathan’s words, “Thou art the man!”
Verse 12 is preceded by:
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Sounds like he might have needed some help, doesn’t it?
Please don’t misinterpret my thoughts. We do have a great part to play in maintaining so great a salvation. And to the extent that we are recipients of and participants in, it is our salvation. Yes, we are to work it out with much fear and trembling (SEE Phil. 2:12). However, we cannot do it, and have no hope of ever doing it, within ourselves.
As long as our trust is in Jesus Christ, one thing we can be sure of is that God can, and will, ultimately save us. Not just initially, not only in the sustaining process, but when Jesus presents us to the Father as the Bride of Christ.
Mistakes (sins) lately? Yielded to temptation(s)? Didn’t do so well in the last trial(s)? You might need help, as David did. So do as David in the aftermath of it all and cry out to God, “Restore to me the joy of YOUR salvation…!