The Joy of Salvation (PM)

Scripture Reading:  Psalm 51:7–14


A.  When Judah’s captors asked them to sing a song of Zion, they said, “How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land” (Psalms 137:4)?

B.  Have you ever been so sad that you could not sing God’s praises?


I.  Salvation is always accompanied with joy.

A.  There is joy for the saved (Acts 8:39, 16:33–34, 2:46).

B.  There is joy for the witnesses (Acts 15:3, Luke 15:10).

C.  Joy is often expressed in song (Psalms 98:4, James 5:13).

II.  We can lose the joy of our salvation.

A.  Many Bible characters experienced this (Psalms 58:12, Matthew 26:75).

B.  In every case, sin was the cause for their misery (2 Samuel 11–12, Matthew 26:35).

C.  Sin destroys joy because it separates us from God (Isaiah 59:1–2, Romans 6:16–18).

III.  The joy of salvation can be restored.

A.  Just as Isaiah predicted (35:10, 51:11, 52:9), God restored Judah’s joy (Ezra 3:10–13, 6:22; Nehemiah 8:17).

B.  David’s joy was also restored (2 Samuel 22:50–51).

C.  So was Peter’s joy (Acts 5:41, 1 Peter 4:12–13).


A.  The joy of salvation is restored when we return to God in humble obedience (2 Chronicles 30:25, Luke 15:17).

B.  When the Jews returned to Jerusalem and their “chiefest joy” was restored, they found their voice again (Psalms 126).

C.  If you want the joy of salvation, come to God.

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