1 Lord, you showed favor to your land. You blessed the people of Jacob with great success again. 2 You forgave the evil things your people did. You took away all of their sins. Selah 3 You stopped being angry with them. You turned your burning anger away from them. 4 God our Savior, make us new again. Stop being unhappy with us. 5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you be angry for all time to come? 6 Won’t you give us new life again? Then we’ll be joyful because of what you have done. 7 Lord, show us your faithful love. Save us. 8 I will listen to what God the Lord will say. He promises peace to his faithful people. But they must not return to their foolish ways. 9 I know he’s ready to save those who have respect for him. Then his glory can be seen in our land. 10 God’s truth and faithful love join together. His peace and holiness kiss each other. 11 His truth springs up from the earth. His holiness looks down from heaven. 12 The Lord will certainly give what is good. Our land will produce its crops. 13 God’s holiness leads the way in front of him. It prepares the way for his coming.
I love the dependence of the Psalmist here. He starts in thanksgiving to God, remembering all God has done for them; then moves to petition asking God for restoration; then moves to anticipating salvation; then moves to hope.
How often do I find myself in this prayer filled flow where I need to recall all that God has done which reminds me of how far removed I have become from His will and purposes so I cry out for His restoration, His salvation and this again leads me to hope because I know the faithfulness of my Father in heaven.
I find this a natural flow in prayer and one that has enabled and empowered me often. If you’re ever stuck in prayer then give it a go!!!
Father I want to thank You for Your faithfulness and love. You are magnificent in all things and I come to You as the only hope of Salvation in every aspect of my life!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta