S (Scripture): Psalm 80:14 O God, invincible warrior, come back!
Look down from heaven and take notice!
Take care of this vine,
80:15 the root your right hand planted,
the shoot you made to grow!
80:16 It is burned and cut down.
They die because you are displeased with them.
80:17 May you give support to the one you have chosen,
to the one whom you raised up for yourself!
80:18 Then we will not turn away from you.
Revive us and we will pray to you!
80:19 O Lord God, invincible warrior, restore us!
Smile on us! Then we will be delivered!
O (Observation): God’s people are experiencing a deep sense of disorientation and are pleading for the Lord to set things right again.
A (Application): A good friend of mine experienced some difficult news today. This has thrown her into a downward spiral. And I totally hear sense of disorientation in this psalm.
Anger and frustration and challenge happen to all of us, and when we are in the midst of it, we think there is no way out, no hope, no reason to go on.
Yet, if the Scriptures point to nothing else, they point to this: God brings us hope…God is hope.
When I’m in the midst of the struggle, I may not want to hear these words. So, until my friend can receive these words…we sit with her. We wait.
We hope FOR her, when she cannot hope. We pray FOR her, when she cannot pray for herself. We, the church, do this.
Being the body of Christ means that we are not alone. We may be disoriented, but we are not alone! Being part of the body of Christ is much bigger than just “having Jesus in my heart.”
What are you struggling with? Who is walking alongside you? Let them care for you, even though you may see no purpose in it…let them love you, please.
P (Prayer): Lord, sometimes life seems too much to handle, too much to bear. Give us a new orientation. Carry us trough the valley of the shadow of death, and give us a new birth into a new day with a new orientation. Amen.