'Restoration' Tagged Posts

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He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.” vss. 2-3 Psalm 23 Each of us has a soul–it’s what gives us our identity. That soul bears the stamp of God and is the part of us that craves meaning and purpose. When we’re at our best we feel the connection with the Divine and know in our hearts that we…

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Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.” vs. 10 Psalm 85:8-13 The psalmist knew that there was nothing but good ahead for the people of Israel. Even though they had rebelled against the Lord, there would be a restoration. They would not be forsaken–salvation was at hand. Ever since those days the people of God have lived in anticipation of that moment–Jesus called it the coming of the Kingdom of God. And while we…

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You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,” vs. 11 Psalm 30:6-12 The psalmist had a strong sense of having lived in the Lord’s favor through his entire life. There had been times when things had not gone well for him but he didn’t doubt that the Lord had his back. He knew that ultimately God’s underlying love would lift him up, and that hope never abandoned him when times…

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Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress” vs. 19 Psalm 107:17-22 Again and again in the psalms and other portions of scripture we read about how God reaches out to those who are in distress or any kind of trouble and offers them healing and restoration. This psalmist has in mind the occasion in the wilderness when the Hebrews were being tormented by poisonous serpents and God provided for them. It…

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Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.” vs. 6 Psalm 25:1-10 The psalmist wanted more than anything to have a solid relationship with God. He wanted to walk in the way of truth and righteousness–but he was wondering if he was going to be undone by past transgressions. Would God ultimately remember the sins of his youth and hold them against him? He’d like God to forget about…

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Psalm 80:7-15 … “Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” vs. 7 The psalmist didn’t understand why Israel had fallen on hard times. From his perspective the Lord had gone to a lot of work to insure its prosperity. Using the metaphor of a vine he describes how God brought the root out of Egypt and planted it deep in good ground so that it would grow and fill the land. But…

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Ezekiel 18:1-4 … “Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die.” vs. 4 There was a proverb popular among the Israelites, “The parents have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth have been set on edge.” The point was clear: sometimes children end up paying for the sins of their parents. We would probably agree. We’ve all…

Daily Devotions: February 10, 2020

February 10, 2020 For full passage click:  Deuteronomy 30:15-20 … “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live…” vs. 19 Toward the conclusion of Deuteronomy, at the point of Israel’s entry into the land of the Canaanites, Moses challenges the people to live according to the law. They have a clear choice, they can either obey…

Daily Devotions: August 28, 2019

August 28, 2019 For full passage click: Psalm 81: 1, 10-16 … “I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” vs. 10 From the Psalmist’s perspective, the Lord was responsible for Israel’s existence as a people. Once they had been slaves. The fact that they had a land of their own was totally due to the Lord’s intervention. Not only had the Lord…

Daily Devotions: August 25, 2019

August 25, 2019 For full passage click: Luke 13:15-17 … “When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.” vs. 17 Public opinion was solidly on the side of Jesus in the Sabbath-healing controversy. Jesus had broken the proscription about healing, but he had won the hearts of the crowd. The religious authorities had been humiliated. Jesus had pounced on their hypocrisy, implying…

Daily Devotions: May 8, 2019

May 8, 2019    For full passage click: Psalm 23:1-3 …“He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.” vss. 2-3 The 23rd Psalm is arguably one of the best-known and most appreciated portions of our Scripture. Large numbers of people, even non-believers, are familiar with its verses and, in a pinch, could join in saying it at a worship service. The…

Daily Devotions: May 5, 2019

May 5, 2019    For full passage click: John 21:15-19 …“He said to him the third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’” vs. 17 On the eve of Jesus’ crucifixion, Peter had denied his Lord three different times. Following the resurrection,…
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