Praying with the Psalms (Psalm 85)

Psalm 85 (For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.)
1 You, LORD, showed favor to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people
and covered all their sins.
3 You set aside all your wrath
and turned from your fierce anger.
4 Restore us again, God our Savior,
and put away your displeasure toward us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your unfailing love, LORD,
and grant us your salvation.

Psalm 85 – Revival – Out of a bleak situation this psalm leads up to a point at which a gloriously fertle stretch of country comes into view.

A thought from Eugene Peterson:
‘Nothing suffers from time quite so much as religion. The skeletal structure of obedience becomes arthritic, and the circulatory system of prayer become sluggish. The prayer ‘revive us again’ keeps the body of Christ youthful & responsive to every new mercy and grace in God’

Prayer: O God, when my faith gets overladen with dust, blow it clean with the wind of your Spirit. When my habits of obedience get stiff and rusty, anoint them with the oil of your Spirit. Restore the enthusiasm of my first love for you and the alacrity of my first obedience to you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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