“Restore joy to your loving servant once again, for all I am is yours, O God. Lord, you are so good to me, so kind in every way and ready to forgive, for your grace-fountain keeps overflowing…” (Psalms 86: 4-5, The Passion Translation)
This plea is also a surrender. This prayer is powerful in its humility. Our natural joy is restored as we yield to God, to good, to Love, willingly and gratefully.
We may not always feel ready to be happy, or we may feel unworthy of forgiveness. We often dwell on our mistakes and set ourselves up to feel down and ready for further disappointments. But God’s kindness does not judge us or withhold goodness. God’s Love is grace. It doesn’t qualify us humanly nor limit its outpouring. God’s fountain of comfort, uplift, assurance is always abundant and ready. It can wash us clean of fears and doubts about ourselves and others.
We can give ourselves over to God. We can gratefully relinquish the judgment of self and circumstance, and let our whole being feel and enjoy the fullness of God’s lovingkindness restoring and setting us free to be free.
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