Words from the Heart for Friday July 7th, 2017
Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.
Psalm 80:7 (NLT)
Only Then Will We Be Saved
When we try it “on our own” we are often in trouble! The Lord is standing ready to be the mighty, victorious God that we need. Do you have a serious situation today? Part of His wonderful work is to draw us to Himself. That is our security. When His face shines upon us we have hope.
In a report released in 2016 by the HSBC Bank, almost half of working Canadians are not saving anything for retirement. 48% of pre-retirees say they have not started to, or are not currently, saving for life after work. And one in five Canadians said that they plan on retiring by using the money they will bank when they sell their home and downsize. At the same time, those Canadians who are retired are the second happiest of all retirees in the world. 77% of retired Canadians say they are happy in retirement. Only Mexicans, at 80%, are happier. The survey also found that 53 per cent of Canadian retirees say a government pension is helping pay for retirement, while 35 per cent of those still working say that’s likely to be the case for them.
Every one of us faces challenges. They often seemingly come out of nowhere and catch us unaware. They can be the result of financial pressure, family issues, job pressures, illness, or a myriad of other reasons. Where do we turn at such times? A man named Asaph wrote Psalm 80 during a time of crisis in Israel. While we don’t know the situation that brought about the crisis, the plea that Asaph makes is appropriate for any of us who follow the Lord Jesus when a crisis hits. Psalm 80:7 says “Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.” Whatever caused the national calamity in Israel, it appears as though God had turned His back on His people. So Asaph makes a plea to the Lord. Now most of us would ask the Lord to turn back to His people, but that is not what Asaph asks. He asks the Lord to turn the hearts of the people back to God. The issue wasn’t that God had turned His back on His people. The problem was that the people had turned their backs on God. God’s glory was always available to shine on the faces of God’s people, but not if their backs were towards the Lord. Have you turned you back on God? Then ask the Lord to turn your heart back towards Him.
These have been words from the heart.