An Advent Prayer for Restoration
November 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
Psalm 80 is a prayer with the repetitive refrain, “Restore us, O God, make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved” (80:3, 7, 19). Even though the prayer comes from within circumstances during which it felt like the Lord has “made them drink tears by the bowlful” (80:5), the poet still remembers the times when the Shepherd led His flock (80:1). Therefore, despite the situation of tears, he expects the Lord to awaken his might and to come and save them any time now (80:2). The poet knows God will yet again restore what is broken in this world. God’s restorative justice is always preceded with God’s disappointment and anger about what is wrong in and around us, but if God’s anger comes up against the prayers of God’s people, then there is always a chance that His anger will change into the restorative action of His mercy (80:4). What do you think are all the things that disappoint God today, and how do you pray for that? During this Advent season, may God’s peace come to us as a gift in the midst of our brokenness!