Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice. Psalm 51:8
After David’s moral collapse involving an affair with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband; God firmly disciplined him. David then, turned to Him in repentance and prayed, “Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice”. God’s chastening was so crushing that David felt like his bones were broken. .Yet he trusted that the God of grace could both repair his brokenness and rekindle his joy. In our own failure and sin, it’s a comfort to know that God loves us enough to pursue and restore us with His loving discipline. Father open our eyes to see our failings, open our hearts to receive Your discipline, and open our will to embrace Your loving purposes. When we fall, we pray that You will make us whole and restore our joy in You. Amen.