Sep 172020

Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;

let your face shine, that we may be saved. (Psalm 80:19)

Today, the psalmist gives us permission to summon God to action, to plead with God to move, to demand – even command – God to respond to our own pressing circumstances. “Give ear,” she cries (v. 1). “Stir up your might,” she pleads (v. 2). “Turn again,” she demands (v. 14). “Restore us,” she commands (vv. 3, 7, 19). This is a call to prayer if I’ve ever heard one – a call for us to take a good hard look around us and demand that God work to make it right. But when we cry out to God to make things right, we remind ourselves that we too are called to work to make things right. – rc

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