Psalm 51:12. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
The word ‘restore’ means to bring back, return or reinstate to the original or previous condition. You can't restore something or someone to a position they didn't previously possess. To restore a person’s joy means they once had it but now it is gone. David is very specific in asking to have his joy restored.
Joy is something that comes from within. In the Hebrew it means to be bright and cheerful. Psalm 16:11 says that in your presence Lord, is fullness of joy. Undoubtedly that is why David asks The Lord not to cast him away from his presence or take the Holy Spirit from him. David knows that there is only one place that joy comes from and that is The Lord.
Joy is one of the fruit of the Spirit being active in our lives. In fact we are told in Romans 14:17 that joy is part of the kingdom of God. To be kingdom people joy should abound in our lives. Nehemiah 8:10 says do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. In other words grief, sorrow, disappointment, depression, despair can rob joy.
David knew he was not in a good place. He was faced with the sin he committed and the consequences of it in his life. He needed to be restored and so, asked God, the only one able to restore joy. We too should make this our prayer when we are feeling dull and lacking joy.
Prayer: “Father, I ask that you would come and fill me with your presence. I thank you that in that place I will receive fullness of joy.”