Psalm 85:4-6 NIV
Restore us again, God our Savior,
and put away your displeasure toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
Restore us again. Revive us again. These phrases catch my attention. They imply that God’s people might need to be brought back to life and health more than one. Re-vive is already a second chance. Revive us again is at least a third.
This son of Korah asks three questions. Will you stay angry? Will your anger continue to our sons and daughters and, though them, to our future generations? Will you refuse to revive us again when we need it?
I recognize this need to be revived again. My life seems to grow thin and drain away. My vitality is sapped. I need to be brought to life again.
Here’s basic question that I must ask like the psalmist: Are You angry with me? Displeased with me? Irreparably? If I believe in the bottom of my heart or the back of my mind that Your basic orientation towards me is one of anger and displeasure bordering on rejection, then it would come as no surprise that I struggle to stay engaged with the scriptures in a prayerful way. I can imagine with fear a sense of coming to You with my Bible in hand, sitting in Your presence, but Your refusing to look at me, acknowledge me, let alone speak with me or care for me. This describes at least part of my emotional response to You sometimes.
Will You revive me again? Will you restore to my heart the peace and joy of my salvation? Will You grant me an inward sense of Your favor, Your affection, Your active Presence in my life? Will You enable me to abide with You rather than continue to be so wayward? Thank you for grace that is always greater.
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