Having driven on 285 recently I have a new respect for people who have to drive on it every day to go to work! You must be saints, and if you’re not already a saint, all the praying you do getting through the traffic can make you one! While I was driving and trying to dodge lane-changers an unlikely song was running through my mind, turns out it was “A Groovy Kind of Love” by Phil Collins! The line that was stuck in my mind was “When I’m feeling blue all I have to do is take a look at you and then I’m not so blue“. Then the line “He restores my soul”, from Psalm 23 came right along with it. Odd.
We all have certain triggers that, we know for sure, will make us feel better, or push you into the doldrums of depression. Funny that sometimes you actually choose to be depressed, you turn on that old song, you know the one, read an old letter or look longingly at a picture from the past. Choosing to be happy is not the easy path, but it is the one that leads you out of “the pit”. Last week, just for a few moments, I chose the former path and sure enough, within moments I had dissolved into tears, why do we do it to ourselves?
Reading the Psalms you can see the pattern the writer follows, from deep despair to giving God the “sacrifice of thanksgiving” because “God dwells in the praises of His people”. Psalm 23 finds him in a wonderful place, and verse three says: He restores my soul and leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Here are the definitions of “restore”: return to its original or usable and functioning condition; regenerate: return to life; get or give new life or energy; give or bring back; repair: restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; bring back into original existence, use, function, or position. When you consider the meaning of that word, you can see that to have your soul restored is a big deal! You can start all over again; erase the bad, depressing moments, become brand new!
When you look in the face of Jesus, the words to my mindless song even make more sense…”When I’m feeling blue, all I have to do is take a look at you, then I’m not so blue.” Or another you might identify with more: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
Think of a silver candlestick, when it is tarnished it becomes black and you can’t see the beautiful shine. All you have to do is take polish and rub it back to its original shine and glory. May be that you are just a little tarnished and need to be polished, or if you are bent, you might have to face the fire of the silver smith! Malachi 3:3(a) “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.” This says to me that He will not SEND me to the fire alone, but will sit there and work with me while I am in the fire, being refined, purified and made an honorable vessel once again.
If you want to start over and get rid of your old baggage, offer yourself to Him as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1), and quit trying to crawl off the altar, face the fire and be restored to your former glory! Steve Green said it well: “Bring back the glory, won’t You show us what life is for, bring back the glory, make us like You once more. Bring back the music, the trust and the wonder that’s just like a child when he’s never known pain, bring back the glory, the glory again.”
Be restored, and be blessed!