Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph's descendants like a flock. O God, enthroned above the cherubim, display your radiant glory to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Show us your mighty power. Come to rescue us! Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved. Psalm 80: 1-3 NLT
Turn us again to yourself. Have you ever felt like you were facing away from God? That nothing you did brought you any closer to God or turned you back?
I have felt that way. It feels like no matter what you do, you can't seem to be facing God. It is as though the air is molasses and you can't move from the direction you are headed. Soon, it becomes a hopeless endeavor and you stop trying to turn.
The psalmist asks God to turn them back. If God can shine God's face on the people, they will be saved.
In other words, sometimes it is not something you can do, turning back to God. Sometimes it is something you have to ask God to do for you.
Are you with me?
God, please turn yourself back to me, back to us. Make your face shine upon me, upon us. Only then will we be saved. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims