|Still the Lord|
The Story: Israel’s only hope was to return to the Lord. He never changes. Asaph knew what God had done in the past, when Israel was much farther along the path of compromise and ruin; he looked to God to do the same in his day. Asaph appeals to the sovereignty of God over all adversaries (vv. 13, 14), all creation (v. 15), and all of time (v. 16). He knew that all the events of history are in the hand of God (v. 17), and that God is still the Lord, and still working His salvation in the earth (v. 13). So this dour prophet still proclaimed a word of hope to the nation, yet they would have to see themselves as Asaph did before they would ever appeal to God with him.
The Structure: It is good for us to remember that, in times past, God has moved suddenly and decisively to revive His Church. The record of Church history – now conveniently ignored by most church leaders – is replete with instances of God breaking into the midst of His people with reviving power. He continues to be sovereign and to pursue His Kingdom agenda, even though the churches seem but little interested. The faithful of the Lord in these kudzu days will seek Him for revival, appealing to His purposes and strength to do what only He can do in restoring true religion to the Body of Christ.
Meditate on Psalm 126 as a prayer for revival. What does it invite you to envision once revival breaks out? How does it counsel you to prepare for such a glorious day?
For more insight on reading the Psalms, get the book, How to Read the Psalms, by Tremper Longman III.
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