Revive us, and we will call on your name.
Restore us, LORD God Almighty;
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved (Psalm 80:18-19).
The word restore literally means “to turn.” As long as our back is to God, we will never see his face. The people of Israel were the ones who needed to turn around, not God. To be restored means to be restored to a right position—one that is facing God.
Notice the difference between restoration and revival. First, restoration is for the sake of man. Asaph (the psalmist] says, “Restore us…that we may be saved.” But revival is for the sake of God: “revive us, and we will call on your name.” I think some people want revival because they are afraid that if we don’t get right with God, our way of life might be threatened we might fall into a deep depression. But maybe that is exactly what we need to have happen.
Revival is not for the prosperity of man, it is for the praise of God. It is not for the ease of man but for the exaltation of God. It is not for the good of man but for the glory of God.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
We all need restoration in certain areas of our life, so it’s good and wise to call on God to bring about restoration. Revival is also a great need among many nations, America included. Many Christians are aware of this great need and are pray ing diligently and ceaselessly for true God-born revival, which can bring great glory to God.
Join with those intercessors who are pleading for revival—and, most of all, pray for God’s name to be glorified in whatever way he sees fit.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.