|Restore Us, O Lord God of Hosts!|
The Story: Asaph glimpses through his contemporary situation the need of God’s people in every age: The Son of Man must lead us in revival, or we will not be revived. Here is probably a reference to the king, as the Lord’s anointed (cf. Ps. 2); however, the foreshadowing of Christ and His redemptive work can be seen in retrospect as well. If the king puts his hand to the work of revival – as Hezekiah and Josiah later would, for example – God will turn and restore His people, if only for a season. When the Son of Man exerts His strength for the salvation of His people, they will truly and finally (v. 18) be saved. The reference to “calling upon the name of the Lord” sets Asaph’s present situation and concern in the larger Messianic and Kingdom context of the divine economy. The final refrain is again extended and enlarged, thus adding to the urgency and emphasis of Asaph’s pleading.
The Structure: Here is a psalm we can use with benefit in our day. As we plead the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf, repenting of our compromised ways and calling on the Lord for revival, He will hear and He will heal His humbled people. But unless we first recognize our need and admit our wayward condition, we will not begin to seek the Lord for revival. As long as pastors continue to give the impression that God is pleased with us just as we are, that He loves us in an unqualified way and only has our best interests in mind, we are not likely to seek revival. We will only recognize our need as a want to be realized rather than a condition from which to turn away. Let us begin to “build up the walls” of holiness, by returning to God’ Law, and call out to God that King Jesus may show His strength among us once again, and revive His Church.Suggest some ways that you might spread the teaching of this psalm to others in your church. Do you believe God can use you as a catalyst to revival?
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