Repentance and Restoration
One of the most difficult topics concerning our faith and belief is the topic of repentance. How do we know if we are on the path of repentance and how do we keep going when it seems difficult? Repentance is something deep within one’s heart that allows the person to change their ways from ways that are not of the LORD to ways that are of the LORD. It may be difficult if there is no connection or relationship with the LORD, but the LORD meets us as we are. While it may appear difficult to start again and follow the righteous path, it is possible because the grace of the LORD is enough to sustain you on your journey on the path of the LORD.
With repentance comes many different great things. There is a feeling of knowing that sin does not guide our lives and our hearts. There is no longer condemnation and guilt. There is no shame. There are no negative emotions attached to our previous sins because the LORD has already forgiven us. He does not want to point the finger each time to remind us of our sinful past, but actually wants to embrace us and hug us and show us that we are the LORD’s sons and daughters.
David understood the importance of repentance and demonstrated in Psalm 85 the importance that repentance has on the lives of believers. When we turn from our guilty ways onto ways of life, we begin to experience a deeper connection and strength in our relationship with the LORD. We no longer look at our previous past sins and life with regret, but rather as teaching points that allow us to see how we need to work on our faith and love of the LORD to follow the righteous way.
“LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. Selah You withdrew all your wrath; you turned your hot anger. Restore us again, O GOD of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us!” – Psalm 85: 1-4
The LORD restores us when we decide to follow the righteous path. We are given everything we lacked when we were sinful. The LORD no longer pours out wrath, but He gives us restoration and a new and improved life. He binds up our wounds and our broken pieces and makes us new again. This would not be possible in our own earthly flesh by our own earthly might. This can only be done by the reviving Spirit and might of the LORD.
“Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.” – Psalm 85: 5-7
The Psalm shows us that the LORD is righteous and correct in all His ways. Therefore we are able to have change occur if we repent and allow the LORD to act in our lives. The tones may be difficult because they ask for an inward examination of our lives and the way we live. We do not turn the blame to others, but instead seek to find our own defects and our own mistakes. We look towards changing that which hinders our progress in our walk with the LORD and honor the LORD.
We must have faith in the ability of the LORD to act in our lives in order to take us from a place of sin and change us. The change leads to restoration, and the ability for the LORD to be glorified.