It is often said that you don’t know what you have until you lose it. This is true for salvation. A remorseful David wrote Psalms 51 after committing adultery and murder. He knew his actions had pushed God away and this saddened him. I’ve been in those shoes as well and clearly remember the depression and feeling of emptiness that plagued me. I also remember the joy of being forgiven and starting again with a clean slate. A believer’s path is difficult, but not as hard as living with the emptiness, sadness, and remorse that comes when salvation is lost.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. (Psalms 51:12 NLT)