Revive Us – Psalms 143:11

Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake!
For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.

As life progresses and the walk with Lord Jesus continues, I am finding that this prayer becomes even more relevant. Maybe I am doing it wrong, but even the simple things like faithfulness and consistency have become difficult. Joy seems more elusive. This world feels as if it were even more in my face and the cares of this existence seek to own me. The distractions are not less but more invasive. The routine of the ‘same old thing’ invades my heart and soul. Weariness used to be like some church word that people used as a crutch and an excuse now it strives to make its way into my vocabulary. We have so much. Life is so easy. Why do I feel so flat so often? Why does drudgery creep into my being and thinking? In light of who Father God is and as I become even more deeply convicted of His presence and creative power, why does it seem so hard to be the person He has created me to be? To show the self discipline and strength that is saving me? Shouldn’t this be easier not more difficult? Shouldn’t life bubble up from within me more fully?

The stuff of life makes us weary and competes for the allegiance we owe only to the Creator. It dulls us. Plus, there truly are many sorry minions directed by the sorriest of all who seek our destruction. Maybe not in big ways like I envision but in a million tiny ways. Sorryness takes on all forms.

So, I plead like the Psalmist, “Revive me O Lord for Your Name’s sake.” Continue to “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.” Please let Your “gracious Spirit lead me on level ground.” Have mercy on me a frightened, weary, useless sinner.

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