“Restore to me the joy of your salvation…” (Psalm 51.12a)
The importance of a happy soul can’t be seen any more clearly than here. David, the man after God’s heart (see 1 Sam. 13:14), has lost his way. He’s done things that tabloids rant about. Why? It appears to me David lost his joy.
When you read the account in 2 Samuel 11 there’s a number of things one should note:
11:1- David’s disengaged. When your soul is weary you naturally pull away. Energy, focus, and passion are necessary for our engagement, so when they drop down- we drop out! If you are disengaging from your work, family, church and friends…WATCH OUT!
11:2- David’s wandering. He’s not with his men. He’s not able to sleep. He’s anxious and feeling “dead” in his soul. He goes to the roof…but where’s his harp? Where is his journal to write poems? Where is his focus? It’s off. If someone were watching your life from a distance (like we can look at David’s now) would they say you have a clear focus and aim in life? Don’t wander…ask God for focus.
11.3- When our soul’s are starving for life…we are suckers for the counterfeit life. David engages his temptation. He’s done. James writes: “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; (14) but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. (15) Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1:13-15). If your quiet times are a little too quiet these days it’s time to rethink what you are doing. Is your soul weary? Are you lacking energy because of stress, etc.? What do you need to get back to a more focused happy soul? Also take a look at the counterfeit offers of “life”; they actually drain us…where are these leeches taking life from you? Think about the best ways you connect with God (for example, in worship, quiet, etc) and get busy!