When you have hard times in life, to whom do you call?
Some people talk to friends and some to their teachers. Some went to bars and some went to gym. Or some commit suicide. However, psalmist always turns to God, Both in good times and in bad times, she always talks to God because she believes that God is in control.
“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us! Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure. You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.”
We need to remember what God has done for us when we pray.
The Psalmist was not intimidated by the current realities. Even though they are harsh and severe, she knows that God is more powerful than the current power. She remembers how wonderful God was and expects the same grace given again.
“Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved. You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it. You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land. The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches; it sent out its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the River. Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit? The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.”
We can pray to God because we have an active relationship with God!
“Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine, the stock that your right hand planted. They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance. But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself. Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name. Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.”
The spirituality of the psalmist is the ability to remember the past, to keep the faith, and to activate God’s power in the current desperate situation.