1Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin.
3You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.
4Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us.
5Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?
7Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.
8Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
9Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
10Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
13Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.
On a hot day, nothing looks more refreshing than a cool drink of water. And I envision such an image as I read this Psalm and see ‘revive’ shimmer. The relief that first long drink provides. The movement of the water as it is first touching my lips, then down my throat. And that reflexive ‘ah’ that follows. I am revived and renewed to continue. Whether its to walk a little further or see a little clearer God’s hope and salvation.
Gracious Lord, speak again of your hope and salvation to revive my soul and uplift our hearts. We thirst for such righteousness and pray you will again provide; Christ Jesus heal us. Amen.