I know these verse are specifically speaking to Israel but I can’t help but see a lot of myself, my family, church, and nation in here!
The grace of God is absolutely AMAZING! His divine restoration comes not because I deserve any of it but because of His holy Name. His Name, which I have profaned by my actions of dishonesty, pride, selfishness, unforgiveness, gossip, impatience, indifference, apathy, laziness, and on. His Name is holy and he will demonstrate his holiness.
Use this prayer for yourself, family, country, leaders, church, etc.:
Father, “gather” me from all the worldly places I have gone and bring me back to your land of rest and righteousness. (v 24)
Sprinkle me with clean water, cleanse me from ALL impurities and from ALL my idols. (v25) Help me to recognize and get rid of the idols in my life.
Give me a new hear; transplant a heart of flesh instead of a heart of stone. (v26)
Put a new spirit in me; your Spirit! (v26-27) Fill me afresh with your holy presence. I long to be your vessel.
Move me to follow your decrees and to be careful to keep your laws. (v27)
Remind me that I belong to you the Living God! I am yours. Help me to behave like it. You are my God. (v28)
Save from ALL my uncleanness. (v29)
Make me fruitful and abundant in you. Then there will not be a “famine” in my spirit and I will not suffer disgrace. (v29-30)
You are awesome in holiness. Show yourself holy to me, my family, my church, my friends, and my nation. Amen.