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The Lord is My Strength and My Shield

When God sets our feet on a new path, He will never leave us directionless to flounder on our own. God has provided us with His glorious love letter, the Holy Bible, to teach and guide us, encourage and lift us towards Him.

God has the amazing ability to lead us to the exact words of truth that our heart needs to hear from Him. Whether it be tender whispers and promises of love, healing, grace, peace, redemption; the nudges and conviction of confession, forgiveness of sins, necessary change, the testing of our faith; or the inspiration and joyful celebration of abundant and everlasting life, God will find a way to speak those words into our thirsty hearts.

I am continually in awe at God’s creativity and persistence in revealing His words to me. And a little embarrassed at how often He needs to bonk me on the head so I pay attention. Sometimes it is opening the Bible to the perfect passage, a devotion sitting in my inbox waiting for the right day to be opened, someone’s Facebook post, a friend just wanting to share a verse with me, a fridge magnet…….

It was in the rawness of my pain, as my marriage and security crumbled, that God planted Psalm 28:7 in my heart. Our tears mingled together to water the seeds. And throughout my recovery, we have watched them grow and blossom into a beautiful miracle.

 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my hearts trusts in Him and I am helped.” Psalms 28:7

 Oh how these simple, straightforward, magnificent words broke through the emotional and mental fog of my anguish to bring me assurance of hope and healing. With only a few repetitions they became easily imprinted in my wounded heart and readily available to fortify me at any time.

The Lord is my strength.  Yes, God provided me with His supernatural power to get out of bed every morning and face the uncertainty of my day and future. Today He gives me the strength and courage to leave the pain of my yesterdays in the past in exchange for hope in all that lies ahead as I embrace the hard but worthwhile work of recovery.

And my shield. My shield. These words deeply resonated with my battered spirit. And still do. The Lord is my protector, defender, security. My personal warrior taking the brunt of the assaults and deflecting the attacks against me. Absorbing the pain and damage intended for me. Guarding my heart, spirit and body from further injuries allowing healing to occur.

I have a beautiful image of my mighty God tucking me closely in beside Him, secure under His strong yet gentle arm. He holds a brilliant shield in front of us. We walk steadily across the battlefield, arrows falling at His feet and being crushed beneath them. Nothing can get in the way of my Abba Father triumphantly leading me to a blessed place of safety and rest.

My heart trusts in Him and I am helped. In giving my brokenness to God, offering Him whatever flicker of hope I regain, He will help me. A promise of restoration for today, tomorrow, the next day. The moment I trust God with my bruised heart He will tenderly hold it in His hands, caring, protecting, healing and breathing new life into it.

The Lord is my strength and shield, and He also wants to be yours.

“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.”       Psalm 3:3

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God’s Promise of Restoration

Joel 2:24-26

24 The threshing floors will again be piled high with grain,
      and the presses will overflow with new wine and olive oil.

 25 The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost
      to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts,
   the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts.
      It was I who sent this great destroying army against you.
 26 Once again you will have all the food you want,
      and you will praise the Lord your God,
   who does these miracles for you.
      Never again will my people be disgraced.

One of my favorite Scriptures is found in the book of Joel…. So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…. What a great promise!

 Sadly sometimes it seems that the locusts have been busy in our lives, and often the landscapes of our experiences have left us scarred like a battlefield.

And sometimes even, there may be deep ruts where the enemy has made inroads in our lives….yet, God delights in restoring, rebuilding, repaying and renewing…and only God can do this.

 

As I have studied this passage of Scripture where God says; “So I will restore the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust and the chewing locust” we find there are four different kinds of locusts. One takes the flower, one takes the stem, one takes the leaf, and one takes the root, so when they are done there is virtually nothing left. Yet, God’s promise to us is that He will take us back from nothing and build us up again. That has been an awesome source of strength and encouragement in some of my most challenging and difficult times.

 

 

Our Lord delights to surprise and renew, to prove the impossible as possible, to make up for loss, and transform the ugliness of the cross into the glory of forgiveness. We don’t know how God will choose to do it, but I believe His word.

 

He WILL restore our lives and the years that have been consumed. We won’t leave this world until we have fulfilled His purpose for each of our lives. God is not tightfisted with his blessing. He promises to fully restore the lost years and bring us to a place where we will be completely satisfied. This is a lifeline, a hope we can hold on to when things look hopeless and we feel disheartened.

 

I read somewhere that He restores the years the locusts have eaten to demonstrate His grace, to bring Praise to His name, and to reveal His power.

 

And though we seem helpless to repair or heal the scars that remain in our lives, we can rest knowing that this is God’s terrain~because He alone can repair and resolve those dark places of doubt and despair in our lives…restoring to us the years the locusts have eaten….indeed it is the work of the Holy Spirit….and God takes great delight in restoring!!  

 

A dear friend once said that we don’t reclaim the years eaten by the locusts – the Lord restores them! Halleluiah!!