Are you looking for a place of refuge to worship God? In Psalm 40:1-3 we can see the description of Refuge, Restoration and Repair. The psalmist David cries out to the LORD and says that He heard his cry and says, "He brought me up also out of an horrible pit,..." The church as The Bride of Christ is to be a place of refuge. We see in Psalm 9:9 where it says, "The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble." In this verse refuge means, "a place of hope under wings, a shelter." Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Here the word refuge comes from a concept of being in a place of total trust and dependence, because there is no judgment based on appearance. As a church and body of Christ we are "members one of another."(Rom 12:5) Jesus is the head of His church, His body. He is therefore "our refuge". By His grace and power we will seek to illustrate this refuge before a lost world, and a hurting and abused church. His word clearly teaches that the church can be fixed! Jesus is coming back for a glorious bride. So even today Jesus is our refuge. His church should be a safe place to heal, to grow and to fellowship with God and one another. By His Spirit he is preparing us for a wedding with Himself. But first, for this to occur there must be a refuge for the people of God. Too many Christians have been hurt by church. It is time for this to stop! Music Of Life Church seeks to be a safe place of refuge for His bride until He returns. We encourage you to ask God if you should join us in being a part of this glorious process.
Are you looking for a place to help you restore areas of your life that have been broken or lost? When the church is a place of refuge people can begin the process of biblical restoration. Restoration is getting out of a hole or getting back to an original state. If you stopped communicating with an old friend because of a fight, restoration would be starting to communicate with that friend again. King David says in Psalm 51:12a "Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation;..." The Prophet Joel declares in Joel 2:25 concerning these last days "And I will restore to you the years the locust hath eaten,..." God's wonderful work of restoration takes place in the body of Christ as we learn to rest in Him and allow Him to be the first cause of all things in our lives. The restoration of Christ gives comfort as it is applied and understood in the body, and gives the necessary health and strength needed to glorify God in all things.
Are you looking for a place to help you repair physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Repair is better than just being restored. Being restored is being brought back to where you once were originally. It is good but being repaired is much better and should be our desire. In Psalm 40:1-3 we can clearly see the concept of refuge and restoration. But we also can see that there is something better than before. There is now a "new song...many shall see it...." This clearly is the effect of repair. It is to be made stronger and healthier and better than previously. To sing a new song means that damaged thought processes have been fixed or "repaired". This puts us on the road to fulfill God's original plan that we live daily in His likeness and image.
In the books of Kings, Chronicles and in Ezra we can see God's direct hand in instructing them how to "repair the House of God". Then in Isaiah 58:12 it says, "...and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in." In these verses the word repair has several meanings. It means "to grow firm, to sharpen and polish a formerly dull sword, to stand erect and sustain ground once given, and to build a wall so you can control the going in and going out." All of these definitions are things that are better than the former state.
As Christians we not only have our refuge and restoration in Jesus Christ but we are improved and made better by His Spirit. We are constantly being conformed into His image. We are like Adam and Eve were before they sinned because of our new life in Christ; the "second Adam". And now because of Repair we can fellowship and sing with our Father in Heaven just as Adam and Eve once did in the Garden of Eden.
Are you in a place of Refuge? Have you been Restored by Christ? Even better, are you experiencing Repair in your own life and with others in the body of Christ? It is possible for all of this to happen to the church and become a reality as we watch and wait for our Savior’s return. We encourage you to ask God if He wants you to join us in this mission of being a place of Refuge, Restoration, and Repair?