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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Restoration

When things go horribly wrong, when life is making no sense, when there are things coming against you over which you have no control, when you are terrified of facing the next day, what is the way out?
How do we experience restoration from the pieces of a shattered life?
Psalm 80:17 - 19 is in the context of one of those situations. The nation that God had taken out of Egypt was in disarray; Its defenses compromised; its people in despair. Look at the plea, specifically at the verbs that are used and the structure of the plea. 
  • Let - then - not turn back = cause and effect. They asked for God's intervention and pledged that in return they would not turn from Him. 
  • Revive - we will call = again cause and effect. They would worship God as a result of His engagement with their situation. 
  • Restore - we will be saved = again cause and effect. They knew that the only true restoration was from Him. 
In the midst of chaos the restoration of order is only obtained through relationship and worship of God. All other means will create merely the illusion of restoration.

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