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Restorer of My Soul

Updated: Mar 4, 2023

Photo Credit: Todd Turner

(By Rachel Joyce)

O, Restorer of my soul, I rest in you.

Though the ground gives way around me,

Mountains shudder and shatter

In an avalanche of broken hopes

Tossed and tumbled

By the mighty breakers

And carried away

By the surging waves.

Crushed, broken beyond telling,

I lift up to You the few fragments

Of what remains; and as You

Reach out to me, I see

The scars in Your hands

The tender compassion

In Your eyes as

Your love encircles me.

Your everlasting arms shield me

From this turbulent, savage storm.

And my trembling subsides as I feel

Your strength holding me.

My fears fade as You breathe

Peace into my soul,

Hold me close, Lord.

Never let me go.

In Your wounded hands, my fragments

Become whole again, You build me back.

And I discover a new rhythm of living,

Lifting my eyes to Your face,

My hands outstretched to You

Letting go while

Continually receiving

Your love and grace.

Verses used:

“The LORD…restores my soul” (Psa 23:1a,3a).

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10).

“‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10).

“For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the LORD has done…He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress’” (Psalm 46:1-11).


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