Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 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. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Psalm 51:8-12

When a soul is involved in hidden sin there are things that are missing and things that one has that he wishes were missing. Joy, gladness, the presence of the Holy Spirit, and God’s undergirding love are missing. What is not missing is brokenness, bitterness of soul, guilt, and the knowledge that one is under the judgment of God.

David’s prayer was that the things that he once had in the Lord would be restored, and that the anguish of guilt that he was feeling would go away. He knew that if the Lord would forgive him, cleanse him and restore him that the joy of salvation would return to him again.

Pray to God for Wisdom

If you find yourself dealing with what David dealt with, then do what David did; repent and ask the Lord to forgive you and to restore to you the joy of salvation. If you know someone who has drifted away from the Lord and gone back into sin, then pray to God for wisdom and go to them. Paul wrote in Galatians 6:1,

“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”

If you will ask the Lord and be available to Him, He will use to do the work of reconciliation. Don’t ever think that God cannot use you. He will and you will be blessed. Have a great day in the Lord.

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