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The Joy of Salvation

by Shayla Asselin

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation.

Psalm 52:12

I have about four weeks left until my baby girl’s due date. Needless to say, my mind has been a little preoccupied over the last few weeks as I try to get everything ready for her arrival. I’d be lying to you if I said I haven’t felt a little stressed, overwhelmed, and emotional recently. A few days ago, I was worrying about something trivial. (So trivial, I can’t even remember what it was a week later.) I “took a break” from worrying about whatever it was and started sorting through some of her baby clothes. As I was folding clothes, I remembered a prayer of David. In Psalm 52:12, he asks, “Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation.” 

That seems like a simple prayer, but it’s one I’ve found myself repeating over the last few days. If we’re not careful, the cares of life can so easily and quickly suffocate our joy. And I’ve learned as a Christian, anything we choose not to fight for is something we are willing lose. As a child of God, I refuse to lay down my weapons and surrender my inheritance of joy, contentment, peace, and hope. As the old-timers used to say, “The world didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away.”

The joy found in salvation is ours no matter our circumstances. Theopedia defined joy as “a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope.” 

I encourage you today to take time to enjoy your salvation. You have been delivered from the enemy’s grasp. You have been given the hope of Heaven. You have access to a peace that passes all understanding. You are blessed with mercies that are new every morning. You can celebrate a joy that is unspeakable and full of glory. 

Fight for what is yours and remember to take the time to enjoy it!

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