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Rapprochement with the Lord brings refreshing restoration

I just love the fact that the Lord Jehovah is the God who seeks rapprochement /ra-‘prōsh-mon/ with us mere mortals even though we don’t deserve it. What’s rapprochement? An establishment of reconciliation and harmonious relations between two or more parties who are at odds. The blessed party who experiences that with the Lord through Jesus Christ will find immeasurable, unending comfort and joy–and so much more. Isaiah 12 is a short chapter that speaks volumes about this as follows:

1And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.hot-spring-in-taiwan

There’s comfort in realizing it’s easy to make peace with God when his anger is turned away at our genuine repentance. It’s a comfort that is continually available the moment we establish our eternal relationship with him. He can be trusted to be our strength and our encouraging song. I’ve experienced that in such an intimate way on several occasions. There have been times when the Lord knew I needed a spark to press on and he gave me new, spontaneous praise songs to glorify him in the night in my dreams, just like David talked about (Psalm 77:6).

Those are the types of things that verify v. 3 above. God supplies us with joy that prompts us to draw his refreshing, living water from his everlasting wells of salvation. His wells run so deep they are bottomless and no one has the power to stop them from flowing. This water not only speaks of his Holy Spirit (John 7:38) and his word (Ephesians 5:25-26), it also alludes to the many facets of godly understanding (Proverbs 16:22) and godly wisdom (Proverbs 18:4) that accompany our relationship with him.

So in the day we soak up his comfort, joy, and refreshment, his Spirit in us causes us to praise him, to call on and exalt his name, and to testify to others about the marvelous, excellent things he has done which are obvious all over the world, especially in the intelligent design displayed throughout nature. Our rapprochement makes us the citizens of Zion and the Lord in his greatness dwells in our midst. Hallelujah!

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