By Jeff Cloeter
Restore to me the joy of your salvation (Psalm 51:12 ESV).
If you have been a Christian for years, even for a lifetime, you may take the “joy of salvation” for granted. We begin to see God’s greatness as familiar. Our worship may become routine, heartless, empty. With the psalmist, we call upon God to draw us out of the rut. “Restore”—Lord, give us new eyes, as on the day we first saw your salvation. “Joy”—Lord, fill us with genuine exuberance at your mighty power to save. We cannot manufacture joy from our own best intentions. It is imparted by God, the only One who restores. Have you taken salvation for granted? Pray this verse throughout the day today.