Today's devotion for today is based on Psalm 80:9, "Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved."
The refrain, 'Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved', is repeated three times in this psalm. Israel was going through some pretty tough times when they were being ravaged by a foreign power. This psalm is an agonized cry to God to save them. It's a familiar refrain to those of us who are having a hard time dealing with the pandemic's problems.
We don't have to plead for God to shine His face on us; he already is. But, sometimes, we can't see it or feel it because the clouds of our circumstances and the storms of life get in the way and block him from our view. That doesn't change the fact that he still there. He is always there to save us and restore us, whether it feels like it or not. Even though the storm might still be going on, everything is changed when we see the brightness of his face and rest in the warmth of his love. Look up and see His glory in your time of trouble.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you that your face is always shining on us and that you are always there to save and restore us. Please help me to always look to you. Lift me above the storms and tough times that I experience and help me to see them from your viewpoint. Help me to grow in my love for you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen