Daily D – Psalm 80:3
Psalm 80:3 “Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.” (NLT)
Psalm 80:7 “Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.” (NLT)
Psalm 80: 19 “Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.” (NLT)
Revivals are springing up around the country. Responses range from those who are pleased, to those who are surprised, to those who are skeptical.
What brings revival or awakening? There is no simple answer to this question. There is no technique to employ, no ritual to repeat. The one thing common across ages and people groups and places appears to be people who long for God supremely and are satisfied with nothing less.
During those awful days of Israel and Judah’s collapse, destruction, and deportation, Asaph prayed with deep conviction, loss, and passion. Psalms 70-83 by Asaph recount the evil of those days. The story he tells is full of hopelessness.
The only hope of the remnant who survived and remained in the land was the God who brought this destruction on his people just as he said he would when they turned away from him in pursuit of other gods. Asaph acknowledges God’s righteousness and the people’s sin. He knew God was right and they were wrong. They got what they deserved. Now he begged for mercy. He longed for God’s return, his smile, his restoration.
Prayers like these rose to heaven again and again. Hope-filled praying like this endured. Faithful prayers arose day by day, week after week, month after month, year after year.
Then we come at last to Psalm 126. God heard and answered the prayers of generations who lived with the deepest loss. God gave a new song.
When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream!
We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy.
And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”
Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy!
Psalms 126:1-3 NLT
When will revival come our way? The calendar and clock are not the best indicators. A heart like Asaph’s daily seeking what only God can provide is indispensable. A dependence on God’s mercy, kindness, and perfect timing is essential.
When will you sing your new song?
When no other song will do. When no other prayer will suffice. When no other God is welcome, and only your Father in Heaven is enough.
I will wait and welcome our Father in Heaven’s fresh and renewing presence.
Our Father, with Asaph we pray, “Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.” With the pilgrims returning to all of your goodness and glory across the ages now past we sing, “Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest,” (Psalm 126:4-6). Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.