Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 3
February 20, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<133> Thesis: The "joy" of "salvation" is absolutely "faith dependent". Introduction: In Psalm 51:12, David prayed that God would "restore to him the joy of God's salvation". He uttered this prayer after his most notorious failure of faith in the light of what Nathan had told him would be his enduring "lot" in life "under the gun" (2 Samuel 12:7-14 -- the sword was to never depart from him for the rest of his life). As sad as it is to read that a believer's failures can make his circumstances rather difficult for the whole of his life, it is, nonetheless, an enormous encouragement to read that, in spite of those circumstances, the "joy" of "salvation" can be experienced every day. In Luke 2, the angel tells the shepherds that his message is of "great joy" because "a Savior has been born in the city of David". This morning we are going to look into this question of how a "Savior" produces "great joy" in the light of the undeniable realities of human sins.