Biblical Contentment, Part II

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September 14, 2019 by directorfsm

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Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit. (ESV)

Restitúyeme el gozo de tu salvación,
y sostenme con un espíritu de poder[a](LBLA)

Yesterday we looked at what Biblical Contentment was, the facts that most Americans are not content, the biblical reasons for this and the fact that all true Christians should be content. 

One of the other things pointed out yesterday was the fact that not all “Christians” are content. So today I thought we would take a quick look at how as a Christian to renew that contentment in us. 

Let us look at out main text for today: Restore to me the joy of your salvation, do you remember the unbridled enthusiasm you felt as a new young believer? The was a joy a happiness that is really indescribable to the outside world. Our sin burden has been lift away and we for the first time in our lives feel free. 

I have seen this many time in the confines of a prison when a truly (there are lots of fakers and shakers out there) repents and declares Christ as Lord and Savior he is really set free. The walls, barbed wire, guards all mean nothing they are just part of the background noise as it were for he is now living for Christ. He is perfectly biblically content where he is because  Christ is uphold{ing} me {him} with a willing spirit.

That my friends is the key getting back to basics. Sounds simple, well it is, Christianity is simple, One God, One Savior, One Surrender All, One Salvation, it’s humanity that complicates it. 

Let us as always look at some context here. Psalm 51 is (although some modern scholars try to deny it) a Psalm of David. Most bibles have some heading like (ESV)  “To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.”  David had sinned and was very convicted of that sin (the mark of a believer) so he writes this Psalm crying out to God for forgiveness and renewal. A note before I move on To the choirmaster” may seem insignificant but it is not. It tells us this was a public declaration of the Psalm not something David kept just between him and God.

I will skip the first 9 verses where David declares his sinful ways and get to verses 10-11: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right[b] spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.  David was not content with what he had so he went after something more than was rightfully his. David understood that the only way to change his sinful ways, to be content again was to renew the right (righteous) spirit in him. He is telling God I need to get back to basics please help me.

Here are the 7 things the Bible teaches us are key basics for everyday Christian life: 

Prayer: Proverbs 16:3 

Study: Psalm 119:11

Fellowship: Hebrews 10:25

Stewardship: 1 Peter 4:10

Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:29

Sharing: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Walking: 1 John 2:6

Starting Monday we will take a closer look at each. 

 

 

 

 

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