Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Psalm 51:12, NIV*
“I don’t really want to do that.” It’s easy to look at our responsibilities or opportunities that way.
Who really wants to drag their tired body out of bed too early to face the day? Or pick up toddlers’ toys one more time. Make that difficult phone call. Go to the dentist.
There are things we choose not to do, but there are plenty that we need to go ahead with.
The “I don’t want to” attitude can even slip into our relationships, or the job we love, or our ministry. It steals our joy.
Conscious gratitude helps, finding what we appreciate in the situations and deciding to thank God for His presence even in what we don’t like.
Eventually I find myself going back to King David’s prayer: “Grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” It’s the way back to joy.
Holy God, Giver of life and mercy, complaining is offensive to You. Please forgive our rebellious spirits and the attitude of self focus that grows in us, and wash us clean. It’s about You after all, not about us. Grant us gratitude, restore the joy of our salvation when it slips, and give us willing hearts to sustain us in Your service.
Here’s Hillsong Australia with the chorus to the classic hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.”
*New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Thanks, Janet. “Grant me a willing spirit. . .” So much more effective to pray than to try to drag myself back into the right attitude!
I don’t understand why I try the dragging-self method for so long before remembering the prayer for a willing spirit. I’m glad God is so patient with us.
I don’t understand why I keep slipping back into the dragging-self method either. And ditto to thanks for God’s patience!
Yes – I feel much better “doing things” I don’t really enjoy when I change my attitude. If I can pray through it – sing through it; do a little and then reward myself – then I can be grateful when it is accomplished. I love the “willing spirit”. Beautiful post.
Thanks for sharing some practical tips on how to readjust our attitudes, Janis. May the Lord grow willing and grateful spirits in us all!