Psalms 51 verses 12-13 say that David has just blown it… He has sinned. He has messed up BIG! We see however that he is running back to God and this is his prayer…
“Father, Restore unto me the JOY of thy salvation” and then … ”I will teach transgressors thy way and then sinners will be converted into you.” NOTICE…When do they do this? WHEN THE JOY OF THE LORD is RESTORED unto YOU! THAT is WHEN YOU ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE for the Kingdom of God.
Now do you see why the enemy fights so hard to steal it?
Joy is Strength!
JOY is a TRUE Spiritual FORCE.
Nehemiah 8:10 SAYS…THE “JOY” of the LORD is your strength. When the enemy wants to pull you down he goes after your Joy first.
You might be saying, I hear you but man…I’ve got issues…my family has some issues. Listen, we ALL DO! If you don’t think you have issues then “that’s your issue!” I’m sharing that with a bit of sarcasm but actually that does seem to be “the issue” for some folks, they believe they are reaching perfection.
John 15:1 JESUS said: “I have told you this so that MY joy be in YOU and your JOY may be COMPLETE. IN LIFE you will have good times and bad times.” But then JESUS said…”I want my JOY (my strength) to be in you and your JOY to be complete.”
We don’t base our JOY on our circumstances WE base our JOY on the WORD OF GOD!
Hang on to your joy; don’t let the enemy or anyone steal it. It’s the strength you need to be most effective and to finish your race with JOY.