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Perfect, Restoring the Soul

October 20, 2014

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Perfect,  Restoring the Soul

There is no self-help book  that is “perfect”  or that is honestly capable  of  “restoring  the soul”.     They have a lot  of directions  that are often difficult  or impossible  to fulfill  because of different life circumstances  for every person  on earth.     No human  is able  to give a “perfect” formula  that sets things right  in everyone’s life.     Whatever their self-help consists of,  it cannot really  restore  “the soul”.

But,  King David knew  what is  “perfect”  and able  to restore  “the soul”.     He writes of it  in Psalm 19:7,

The law  of the LORD  is perfect,  restoring the soul;
The testimony  of the LORD is sure,  making wise the simple.    

The  “law  of the LORD”  that is  “perfect”,  and  “restoring the soul”,  is God’s directions,  instructions,  and teachings  for living.     David is not talking about  Old Testament laws  for making sacrifices,  keeping holy days,  being cleansed  from having touched a dead person,  or anything like that.     Much rather,  he is talking about  God’s teachings  that lead us  to live  in faith,  hope,  and love.

With these instructions,  God shows us  how He alone  is the Creator  of all things  —  our Redeemer  —  Sustainer  from day to day  —  Refuge  in times  of trouble.     With this  “law  of the LORD”  we see how faithful God is  in  loving  and caring  for us.

This law is  “perfect,  restoring the soul”,  because it shows us  how in trusting the LORD,  we can begin  to see  how all  of God’s ways  have integrity  —  are sound,  good common sense  —  wholesome and good for us  —  and are in accord  with truth  and fact.     That’s why  our souls are restored  —  brought back  to where we belong  in Christ.

All God’s lessons  that lead us  to live  in faith,  hope,  and love  are found throughout the Bible  —  God’s word  to us.     That is where we need  to go  to learn  what is  “perfect,  restoring the soul”  and to be refreshed.

In God’s  “law”  of our being,  we are  to always look  to our Savior,  Christ Jesus,  for the forgiveness  and restoration we need  in life.     God’s word directs us  to look  to Jesus only  for our salvation.     God instructs us  that there is no other salvation  or name given among men  whereby we may  be saved.     God teaches us  that our so-called  good works  are worthless.     We only need  to look  to Christ,  that our souls may be truly restored  and made whole  in Him.

This  “law”  is  “perfect,  restoring the soul”  because  it is right and good  for absolutely everyone.     The “testimony  of the LORD”  is on every page  of the Bible.     We can trust it  because it  “is sure,  making wise the simple”.     God’s word  is appropriate  for everyone  because it is able  to restore anyone  who turns  to the LORD.     If we feel  we don’t know much  about God’s ways,  it makes  “wise the simple”.     God will teach us  all we need  as we learn His word.

In the joy  of God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for caring  for us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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