Both Paul and Isaiah remind us that we are not cast away from God’s presence. We receive the gift of God’s own Holy Spirit at our baptism into the body of Christ. But in our daily lives we often lose sight of that life-giving gift and our calling to be ambassadors of God. Or we grow weary and weak. It is not easy to love our neighbors in a world where love is not often welcome or to speak truthfully in a world that loves deceit. The Psalmist knows that God alone can restore our awareness, our joy in a relationship with creation and its creator. Only God can sustain us through all those things that would rob us of joy and darken our vision.
Let us simply lift our hearts with the psalmist and pray, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and sustain in me a willing spirit.” Amen.