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Lately it’s been a little hard for me to find joy in my life, which is very unusual for me. The circumstances of the last month have been such that it has put a mountain of stress on my shoulders (another post in and of itself) and life just continues to hit me hard. As a result I find myself being depressed sometimes, angry others, and generally not the kind of person that I know God has designed me to be. What can I do in these times? What canwe do in these times?

A great example that comes to mind of someone who had lost their joy was Kind David. When we look at David’s life it would seem that he had a lot to be joyful over; he was shepherd who had been made into the king of Israel. Talk about moving up in the world! Yet David also struggled with his sins and this caused him to lose his joy.

While David is described as a man after God’s own heart he was also a human being that sinned like the rest of us. And oh how David sinned. We could point out the incident with Bathsheba as that is of course a glaring example of David’s sin, but what about his taking of a census in 2 Samuel 24? We often over look this case but the judgement for David’s sin was something that greatly impacted the people. After all 70,000 men died! Whoa. I think David lost his joy over this one.

Yet in Psalm 51:12 David said, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Have we asked that our joy be restored? There are a couple of principles we can take away from this verse:

1) Remember that we have been saved! No matter what we are going through in life; no matter how depressed or beaten down we are we have to remember that we have been saved. Even though it may seem like God is distant the truth of his word never fails and we can trust that we have been saved by our faith in Jesus Christ1!

2) Have we prayed and asked for our joy to be restored? I know that prayer sometimes is the last thing that we do, but it should be the first! Yet the great truth of prayer is that it’s never too late. God is always available to listen to us if we are willing to come to him. When was the last time you (or I) prayed and asked that God would give us joy? Have we asked him to give us the fruit of his Spirit which includes joy?

Don’t let another day go by without getting on your knees and asking for the joy of the Lord. As Christians more so than anyone else we should have joy – we’ve been saved after all!

July 2018
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