Words from the Heart for Monday March 16th, 2020
God who rules over all, make us new again. May you be pleased with us. Then we will be saved.
Psalm 80:7 (NIV)
Make Us New Again
In January of this year, Canada’s central bank announced it is planning to release a new $5 note, and it wants input from Canadians on what it should look like. Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says the bank will launch public consultations for the design of the polymer note, similar to the ones “that led to the selection of Viola Desmond for the $10 note,” he said. “This time we will be asking all Canadians to nominate any historic Canadian — someone who is truly banknote-able.”
Where do you turn when it seems the whole world is against you? We live in a day when people use social media to say all sorts of unkind things about others. This has taken bullying to a whole new level and has led to far too many people taking their own lives. Psalm 80 was written by Asaph, a Levite and one of three men who were tasked to lead singing in the Temple. In Psalm 80:7 he cries out to the Lord, “God who rules over all, make us new again. May you be pleased with us. Then we will be saved.” Throughout its history, Israel had a record of turning away from the Lord, and He had to use some challenging experiences to get their attention. God even used pagan kings and their armies to do so. And inevitably the people of Israel would cry out to God for redemption. In this Psalm, Asaph cries out for God to redeem them – to make them new and to save them. We need to cry out that same prayer. Our sin has caused us to turn our backs on God. Let us cry out to our God to make us new again.
These have been words from the heart.