Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.— Psalm 51:12There are three words that I would like you to ponder this week: Restoration, Joy and Salvation.
The word Restore is defined as “to bring something back to an earlier and better condition, to return somebody to a previously held rank, office, or position, to reestablish or put back something that was once but is no longer there.”
I believe in a God who is a restorer. I know a God who can take things I’ve messed up and bring healing and restoration. Have you ever found yourself in need of such a God? There’s a statement which brings me much hope:
“Nothing is so entangled that it cannot be remedied; no human relationship is too strained for God to bring about reconciliation and understanding; no habit is so deep rooted that it cannot be overcome. No one is so weak that he cannot be strong; no one is so ill that he cannot be healed. No mind is so dull that it cannot be made brilliant. . If anything is causing worry or anxiety, let us stop rehearsing the difficulty and trust God for healing, love, and power.” (Ellen White, Review and Herald, October 7 1865)
The second word, Joy, is what I believe God wants to restore us to. Look back in your memory to an event in your life where you wished, with all your heart, that you could make time stand still in order for that moment to last forever. Was it a moment of joy, accomplishment, or maybe even love? Whatever it was, it resonated within your heart in such a way as to make a lasting impression. For, in this event, there was an echo of what God had intended for you from the beginning. He is still offering that to you today. When you’ve found it, you won’t have to wish time would stand still. You’ll have an eternity of time to bask in its joy.
The final word is Salvation. All of us have “made a fine mess of things.” We have made mistakes, stupid choices, dumb decisions. We have set in motion chains of events that only God can save us from. I’m glad to be able to say that we serve a God of second chances. My God continues to love me even after I’ve managed to completely mess things up. He runs to me when I cry out for help. I long to learn to love Him the way He loves me.
Would you like these three things more fully this week, dear reader? Restoration, Joy and Salvation? They’re yours for the receiving if you will simply embrace the One in whom these qualities are found.
I wish you God’s best this week . . .