Tag Archive | restore us O Lord

Nehemiah 8:9 ” This day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep. For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the Words of the Law.”

The Words of the Lord are powerful. They convict and lay bare the sin in our life and cause Godly sorrow.  This Godly sorrow leads to brokenness and repentance.  For every time we listen to the Word being spoken, it’s an  opportunity for the Lord to change us.

Nehemiah 8:2-3 ” So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. “

The Israelites had gathered together and asked Ezra to read the Law.  Many had never heard the reading of the Word, for they had been born and raised in Babylonian captivity.  The Lord had been faithful in rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem…He had miraculously  aided them in rebuilding the crumbled walls…but now it was time to rebuild His people.  The  Lord is wanting to rebuild His people again…to reclaim, restore, and re-establish  Believers for His glory.  Now is the time for you to break off the chains of captivity and allow God to begin a new rebuilding project in you.

Revelation 3:19 ” Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.”

You love your children don’t you?  You want only the best for them,  and for them  to avoid as many pitfalls and sadness you had to learn the hard way growing up.  So why should it be any different with our Heavenly Father?  Proverbs 3:12 says, ” The Lord disciplines those He loves.”  You are a cherished child of God when  He admonishes you over something not right in your life.  For He also wants only the best for you.  When God shows you something out of kilter…get serious… don’t ignore or get angry at God…admit  you need a moral re-orientation of your mind and heart, and repent.

 

Zechariah 1:3 ” ‘Return to Me’, declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you’…”

Job 22:23 says, “If you return to the Almighty you will be restored.”  The responsibility lies on our shoulders…the decision, squarely on us.  For only we can resolve to turn around and come back to the Lord.  God’s position has never changed…it’s us that have wandered so far away.  But if we only turn our hearts back to Him, He will restore and rebuild our lives that are in shambles.

Psalm 80:3 ” Restore us O God; make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.”

Turn us around Lord.  Return us to our first love and enable us to know again the joy of our salvation.  As it says in Psalm 71:20, “Though You have made me see troubles many and bitter, You will restore my life again.”  Refresh us  O Lord that we may restore others around us.