Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 50:15)

David wrote this psalm after he was rebuked for taking another man’s wife and orchestrating his murder. This psalm has often encouraged those who have felt the guilt and burdens of their sins, reminding them that Jesus, the Son of David, has taken the full punishment for their rebellion against God. 

Often times we tend to stop at forgiveness. We remind ourselves of the cross and the price that Jesus paid for our sins, but we can forget that God renews and empowers us to enjoy and obey Him even after we give into temptation. David’s response to confession and forgiveness was to serve others out of a gratitude for God’s mercy (v12-13) and to do what is pleasing to God (v17). 

As this pandemic continues, maybe you found yourself sinning against God as patience grows thin and frustration festers. As you confess and experience the forgiveness of Christ, ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to serve others and experience an enjoyment of Him that overwhelms any temptation.