Restore to me the joy of Your...
From our youth counselor, Elsa Yao:
This is my last semester in seminary, and man has it been rough. Major senioritis, and major burnout. I feel like a zombie. I'm sure a lot of you can relate. When I'm faced with burnout, I usually blame myself and think that there is something I can do to make it better; some spiritual discipline that I haven't been diligent about, or some way I have sinned that has drawn me away from God. While sometimes this might be the case, it isn't always the case. Sometimes we just have really hard seasons and distant seasons in our lives. My heart echoes David's in Psalm 51:12-13.
"Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to you."
There are two takeaways for me:
1) I need God to restore joy in my life. Because it is by His grace I am saved, it will be by His grace that I am restored. My own works cannot give me enough happiness or enough willpower to keep going. Therefore I can pray to Him with urgency and confidence that He will help me.
2) Only when I am joyful and willing in His salvation can I be a light to others and be an ambassador for Christ. In the DTS counseling program we often hear, "how can we care of others if we ourselves are not in a good place?" The best work is done, and the best life is lived, when we are relying on God in all things.