Restoration for What?

Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.

Psalm 80:18

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are our Hope and the One who can restore us. Forgive us, O God we pray, that we so often neglect to set our mind on things above and instead turn to all other sources instead. Guide us and lead us on the everlasting path to worship You and You alone as our Creator, Saviour, and Helper in times of need. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

As I was reading Psalm 80 today these words which are found in verse 18 wouldn’t let me go.

How many of us struggle with fatigue attack throughout the day? After a more or less sleepless night even the easiest and smallest daily task becomes a tremendous burden to accomplish. It just simply demands too much of our energy. Is there such a thing as “energy” left within us? And this whole pandemic has made things even worse, has it not?

While sorting through my papers the other day I stumbled across an article that has been published in a Christian magazine in 2011. It talks about the burnout-syndrome, how Christians can prevent it, and that even if it does happen that there is healing in sight for us.

The writer of the article suggests that one of the things we need to do is to slow down. Now that was back in 2011, more than ten years ago, and a good while before Covid came into our lives. Post-Covid times are totally different, are they not?

True, during the lockdowns which happen in a more or less strict way and in each and every nation on earth, many of us had been forced to slow down. Then, for a while at least, we got used to living life at a slower pace.

But now what? How much did everything change for us after the restrictions are gone? It seems that life is not like anything it used to be and that it has become even more hectic than it has ever been before.

In three verses (3, 7, and 19) of Psalm 80 the psalmist asks God that He may “Restore us” (NKJV) or “Turn us again” (KJV), and we might ask the same, but we also have to ask ourselves: Restored to what?

We will dig deeper into that question in Friday’s blog.

Ask the LORD for revival and restoration today.

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