Joy Of Salvation

Dan Corner

Do You Know the Truth About David's Prayer for the Joy of his Salvation

The only time the joy of salvation is cited in the word of God is at Psalm 51:12. It was mentioned in King David's prayer after he repented and got saved again:
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Verse 11 is conveniently omitted by the grace changers:
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. (Psa 51:11)
David was apparently concerned that God would take his Spirit from him, as he did from King Saul before:
Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. (1 Sam 16:14)
The context of Psalm 51 is King David's prayer for mercy and forgiveness for his sins of adultery and murder because of Bathsheba (verses 1,2). It is important to remember, he had already been forgiven (2 Sam.12:13), but was now praying to God for various things, including to have the joy of his salvation restored. He wanted the inner contentment and joy in his spirit returned, which he had experienced with his walk with God before he turned to evil and died spiritually (Ezek 18:24; etc.). His sins of adultery and murder had destroyed that, along with his possession of eternal life and salvation:
A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead. (Prov 21:16)
If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, he will die for it. (Ezek 33:18)
QUESTION: How did David "die" when he turned to evil? It wasn't physically - IT WAS SPIRITUALLY. The prophet Nathan had already confronted King David over his evil behavior and declared his sins were forgiven (2 Sam. 12) and that was BEFORE the point of Psalm 51.
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. (Psa 51:1,2)

Restore The Joy Of Salvation

How then can a former backslider, who repented, have the joy of his salvation restored? First, by praying for it to be restored as King David did, then afterwards walking holy before God. After awhile David's inner peace and joy must have improved.

According to a man I personally know, who had fallen away and was later trying to get the joy of his salvation restored after repenting, he told me about 3 months after he returned to God it was getting better and around 6 months he seemed to have it back. Perhaps, it might be like that for others too who, like King David, wanted the joy of salvation restored after repentance.

To say David's sins of adultery and murder did not cause him to lose his salvation (or die spiritually), based on Psa. 51:12, is to contradict key related Scripture (1 Cor. 6:9,10; Rev. 21:8; Eph. 5:5-7; etc.). Since the Prodigal lost his salvation through sexual immorality (Lk. 15:24,32), how could anyone think David didn't through his sexual immorality and murder too? It happens only because people have been deceived by false teachers.

Finally, how was David a man after God's own heart? In Jer. 3:15 elaborates:

Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding (NIV).
This same phrase used for David is also used there and indicates spiritual leaders guiding people with godly knowledge and understanding, which is what David and some others too.

But please note: there is no fine print in Scripture that states protection for anyone who is a man after God's own heart, any writer of the Bible, king of Israel, apostle or any other kind of person who would become sexually immoral and a murderer. Scripture just plainly states they will end up in the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8); the only hope they have is to repent, as David and the Prodigal did.

Those who purport to rightly reject OSAS, but maintain that David never lost his salvation are saying, in effect, one can be adulterous and murderous and still remain saved! This is also a license for immorality and nothing better and such teachers are DANGEROUS WOLVES. One such example is the man who goes by the fake name, David Servant.


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