Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation

I was on my way home listening to the songs in my iPod — after flicking through some of the songs on random, I settled on one of Paradise Community Church’s old songs, Yet Will I Praise Thee. I enjoyed it and thought about singing the song when the Indonesian church service commences again in February. Then, after the song ended and I flicked through some more songs, I settled on Robin Mark’s All I Once Held Dear. I sang this song so many times in the past and yet when I listened to it again today, the words spoke to me so vividly. I had to fight back my tears as I didn’t want to be crying in the bus …

The song was still playing as I stepped out of the bus and I just let the tears run freely. A verse from Psalm 51:12 suddenly came across my mind, one of my favourite verses in the Bible … “Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation”. It came so clear that it just made my tears flow even more. It’s true that in some ways even my spiritual life has become a habit, something that I do out of obligation and necessity, and not out of passion and joy. I can’t help feeling so grateful that God is ever faithful and that He doesn’t let me go even when I haven’t been a perfect and obedient son. I’m so grateful that He still gives me my “road to Emmaus” experiences from time to time to gently remind me that it’s time for me to head back.

The verse that God gave fit s with what I believe this year would be – my Year of Restoration. Usually, my vision and a verse would come within a short period of time. This year, I didn’t have any verse to back my vision up when I believed that this year would be my Year of Restoration. So today, God gave me the verses to guide me – a powerful portion of the Scripture that has been one of my favourites throughout my journey of faith:

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.Psalm 51: 10-12 (KJV)

I have liked that portion of the Bible after listening to Keith Green‘s song. It’s an anguished prayer of David, after he committed a sin with Bathsheba.I was compelled to write in my blog about my experience and searched whether YouTube had a clip or not. I can find a good one but it doesn’t have any graphics on it. So here it is, the song and the lyric to the song …

 

 

ALL I ONCE HELD DEAR

All I once held dear, built my life upon
All this world reveres, and wars to own
All I once thought gain I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now, compared to this

Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You
There is no greater thing
You’re my all, You’re the best
You’re my joy, my righteousness
And I love You, Lord

Now my heart’s desire is to know You more
To be found in You and known as Yours
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All surpassing gift of righteousness

Oh, to know the power of Your risen life
And to know You in Your sufferings
To become like You in Your death, my Lord
So with You to live, and never die


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I've finally relented to the lures of blogging - and for those who care, well, I'm a self-confessed geek who's a wanderer at heart, who thinks and analyses too much, and who's trying hard to hold on to his 7-year old inner persona.

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