Do It Again

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 85:1-13

In the past God had renewed the life of Israel (v. 1). Now the Psalmist says, “Restore us again, O God our Savior” (v. 4). The history of the church in America has seen spiritual decline and then renewal. Historians identify the Great Awakening and the Second Awakening during which noon-day prayer meetings were started by a Reformed Church layman in New York City which eventually spread across the country. “Do it again, Lord!” Bring revival to your church in our day.

The Psalmist realizes that the key to such renewal is obedient listening to God. “I will listen to what God the Lord will say” (v. 8). Friend, what is the Lord saying to you? All you need to do is open your Bible and you will find out.

The result is caught in the meaning of that great Hebrew word

shalom

(“peace”). Shalom is the good life of quietly living in God’s presence. Yet unless we are careful, that peace will be spoiled, “But let them not return to folly” (v. 8b).

One is reminded of the frequent failures in the book of Judges. The people made bad decisions. They cried out to God. He sent judges to rescue them. But again they would forget God and new trouble came their way.

PRAYER

Father, give us a vision of peace based on obedience. Amen.