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Create, Renew, Restore, Sustain

January 1, 2015

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Create,  Renew,  Restore,  Sustain

As human beings,  we can get taken down  to see ourselves  for what we are  in God’s eyes  —  eternally condemned sinners.     And that is a good thing  when it makes us realize  God’s tremendous love  for each of us.     After King David committed adultery  with Bathsheba  and the prophet Nathan revealed David’s sin  to him,  David’s heart  was brought low  in repentance.     He totally saw  how incapable  he was  in cleansing himself  and making himself right  in the LORD’s eyes.

David saw the truth  of the bottom line  for him:   no personal resolutions  for a cleaner life  could ever set him right.     Only God Almighty  can “cleanse” us  of our sins,  “renew” an honestly true faith  within us,  “restore” us  to a rightful fellowship  with our LORD  —  and then  “sustain” us  in a good relationship.     In response,  David humbly wrote  in Psalm 51:10-13,

Create  in me  a clean heart,  O God,
And renew  a steadfast spirit  within me.
Do not cast me  away from Your presence
And do not take  Your Holy Spirit  from me.
Restore  to me  the joy  of Your salvation
And sustain me  with a willing spirit.
Then  I will teach transgressors  Your ways,
And sinners  will be converted  to You.

As we see  from David’s experience,  only God  can  “create”  within us a  “clean heart”  that truly has  all  sins forgiven.     Only God can  renew  a steadfast spirit” with us.     We easily get weak  in our faith  and must depend on God  to “renew” us.     When we get totally down  on ourselves,  only God  can  “restore”  us to the joys  of being saved  in spite  of our sins  and failings.     Our hope in God’s salvation needs to be restored regularly.     And,  only God is able  to  “sustain”  us,  so that we willingly follow His ways  of right living.

All of our human efforts and resolutions  are as nothing.     They are worthless  in God’s eyes,  as people try  to puff themselves up  as being something more than they actually are.

We need to daily confess our sins  to our Lord  and humbly look  to Him to “create”“renew”“restore”,  and “sustain”  us  each day  until we reach our heavenly home.

Then  in the wondrous comfort  of God’s everlasting love  in Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for caring for our every need  as we journey  through this life.”

Love,
Margaret

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

 

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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