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Explain Psalms 51:12

In Psalms 51:12, what did David mean by "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation"?

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 ---Cynthia on 9/2/07
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I would just like to say AMEN!

In reading the responses to this question it is uplifting.

We have such a Great God! Isn't it wonderful that:
1jo 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
---trey on 9/15/07

Paul is talking about apostacy and blasphamy of the Holy Spirit to the Hebrews.
---litla on 9/15/07

Just as many of us have sinned and felt far away from God this was David's repentant cry out to the Lord after his sin with Bathsheba. It was cry out to God for restoration after being confronted for his sin by Nathan the prophet.
---denna7667 on 9/15/07

Earlier in the psalm David was being convinced of his sin, poured out his soul to God in prayer for mercy and grace. By verse twelve David was asking God to restore the joy in his heart because he had been forgiven.
---denna7667 on 9/5/07

Jody you made a good point. I know when I look back at my own Salvation experience, Knowing where I came from, I knew I had something better than gold. Those early days are so special. But getting saved can bring alot of pains. People should realize when you get saved it is not all a bed of roses. But your worse day with Jesus most certainly will be better than your best day ever was without Him. In my case, I don't believe I ever had a best day, before Jesus found me.
---catherine on 9/4/07

Ps 51,personal penitential prayer, used from earliest jewish time as such, and a major prayer in Catholicism. Generally assumed to have been composed during or after the exile. Its emphasis is on changing the person rather than the bad circumstances one is found in.
---alexia on 9/4/07

The experience of and the very knowledge of salvation is pure illumination and joy at that moment and as the baby grows in knowledge, each new revelation is another experience of joy. Eventually, with much milk and leaning toward meat, the Christian is less frisky and matures to adulthood. Sometimes when one reflects upon the feelings of baby Christianhood and the initial salvation experience, one covets that high feeling. Praise,prayer and study can bring it back to a different degree(at least for me).
---jody_martin on 9/4/07

A person's salvation may have many stains on it. These stains remain on our salvation unless we repent of our wrongs. Salvation itself never disappears because it is held by Almighty God. And it was to rid himself of the stain that David prayed," restore unto me the joy of thy salvation". The consequences of the stain will remain. The knowledge that the Lord has removed the stain can be gained!!!!
---Mima on 9/4/07

A child of God knows no true nor Solid Joy but the joy of God's Salvation. Joy in God His Savior and in the hope of eternal life. [You know when God really gets ahold of you He will make a believer out of you. He'll say,"You mess with me and you are going to be one miserable worm"].>>>I want to pray. My heavenly Father I want to thank You for Christianet blogs and putting me on there. In Jesus name Amen.++
---catherine on 9/2/07

David felt distant from God. He had sinned with Bathsheba and had been confronted by Nathan the prophet. He wanted the intimacy restored, his cry to God for that only God could provide this after he confessed his sin, and God gave david back the joy of the relationship.
---Michael on 9/2/07

At salvation we come to understand that Jesus is our only saviour and we want to tell as many as we can about His great love for us. We know love like we have never known love before and it brings joy unspeakable and full of glory. When David sinned it seems to me he lost that joy and was asking God to restore that first love or first joy.
---Michael on 9/2/07

When a person is newly saved their on fire. Theyre like a sponge. taking in everything. Over time they can lose that feeling of joy in being a new christian. In my opinion David was asking God to make him on fire again. To bring him back to that excited feeling of being a believer.
---Adam on 9/2/07

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