Military defeat had come to the Israelites and they were in grief. This psalm of lament is a prayer longing for God to come and restore Israel, to no longer look upon them with anger. The people realized through their vulnerability that they needed God. It is the Lord who would bring a revitalized nation. “Stir up your power, and come to save us. O God, restore us; light up your face and we shall be saved.”
In an age when we have instant access to information occurring all over the world, it can be overwhelming. Wars, famine, terrorism, displaced people, refugees fleeing and just trying to survive, women and children in danger, and governments only concerned with holding onto control – all these things (not to mention our personal challenges and adversity) lead us to cry out along with the ancient Israelites: “Stir up your power, and come to save us.”
Often in the midst of awful circumstances and emotional pain it is hard to focus with concentrated prayer. This is where simple short prayers, breath prayers, can help. Throughout the day we can utter “stir up your power, O God; come to save us.” The intention of saying it over and over is not to get God’s attention; we already have it. No, the purpose is to connect with the God who can truly deliver. It is to be in constant touch with the One who can ultimately restore, renew, revitalize, and reform the world with justice and righteousness. It is to be longing for the flourishing of the earth and its inhabitants again, and to enjoy walking with God in the garden of fellowship, peace, and goodwill. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
Mighty God, as I anticipate the coming of your Son, may your power be active so that there will a restoration of peace, security, and prosperity for all. To the glory of Jesus, I pray. Amen.