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::Devotional:: ‘Rebuilding Your Relationship With The Lord – Part 2’

March 9, 2010

Do you remember what is was like when you were given the keys to your parents’ car for the first time?  Remember the weeks leading up to getting your license you’d just go out and sit in the driver seat, anxiously anticipating the day when you could finally drive on your own?  Remember washing that old station wagon to the point of almost wearing the paint off because you were just so excited about being able to drive you couldn’t be close enough to that car?  Do you remember all those feelings?  Did you feel like that yesterday when you got in your own car to drive home from work?  Probably not.  Most of us don’t feel that same excitement as we once did because we take our ability to drive and our car for granted.  It’s not that we’re careless about it, but in reality we simply care less about it.  That same thing can happen in our relationship with the Lord, we can begin to care less about the miracle of our salvation.

Yesterday we saw in Part 1 that the first step in rebuilding your relationship with the Lord begins with humbling yourself before him and admitting your sins to him.  The Lord will withhold himself from us if we have unconfessed sin in our hearts that we refuse to admit to him.  That step always has to come first.  One of the things that can suffer in a broken relationship with the Lord is our thankfulness to him, especially when it comes to salvation.

How do I overcome taking my salvation for granted?

In the Old Testament, Zerubbabel not only rebuilt an altar of worship but he worked to rebuild the temple as well.  The temple is the place where God dwelt among his people.  The house of the Lord had to be rebuilt in Jerusalem just like the house of the Lord has to be rebuilt in our hearts during the rebuilding of our relationship with him.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  1 Corinthians 6:19

The Lord is a master craftsman when it comes to our hearts.  He is able to perform a miraculous restoration if we’ll only ask.  David requested that the Lord would rebuild and restore his heart after his sin with Bathsheba.  He desired to be excited about his relationship with the Lord again rather than ashamed in His presence.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore toe me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  Psalm 51:10-12

The Lord is able to restore the joy of salvation to us, if we are willing that is.  In other words, the Lord is able to tell the sincerity of our prayers.  A prayer from the heart, about the heart will be answered by the Lord.  Remember, the Lord is a master craftsman and He is able to fix what is broken if it is presented to Him rather than hidden.  In order to rebuild our relationship with the Lord, we must be willing to bear our broken heart to the Lord so that He can fix it.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.  Psalm 51:17

Rebuilding your relationship with the Lord begins by fixing what is broken, namely your heart for the Lord.  After confessing your sins to the Lord, He is more than willing to collect the pieces of your heart and restore to your the joy of salvation.  Take time today to pray as David did; create in me a pure heart and restore to me the joy of your salvation.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

2 Comments leave one →
  1. pat turner permalink
    March 9, 2010 11:15 am

    I love this devotion and the song and singers in this tape. Do you know the name of the singing group?

    • March 10, 2010 6:40 am

      This song was written for a collaboration album of many different Christian singers. In this particular video the lead singer’s name is Mac Powell. He is also the lead singer for a Christian group called Third Day. This collaboration album is title “Glory Revealed” and there’s actually a follow up album called “Glory Revealed 2” that I hear is pretty good.

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