Psalm 80:3 “Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we might be saved.”
This verse is repeated three times in this psalm. It is a cry to return to what "was", as if something had been stolen. The very word restore is defined as, to bring back a previous right, practice, custom, or situation; reinstate. It means to give back something previously stolen, taken away or lost to the original owner or return to a former condition, place or position.
You see you can't restore something to its former glory unless it had a beauty that had faded. Jim and I love to watch restoration programs. To see old cars that most people would consider an old rust bucket come out of a shop fully restored with a new engine and shining body is amazing. What is even better is to see the faces of the people receiving these vehicles. Most of the time the joy that is on their faces is expressed with tears. Why is that? It's because they remember what "was" and memories of the "good times" flood their memory bank.
God is the author of restoration. From the foundations of the world the Lamb was slain so we could be restored to a relationship with our Heavenly Father. Jesus took our place on the cross and defeated the enemy so our position and authority could be reinstated in him. We now have all authority over the power of the enemy and we have the face of God shining upon us. We are restored, saved and we are blessed!
Prayer: “Thank you Jesus that you took all my sin upon the cross and restored my life. I ask that you would continue to restore my life and make your face shine upon me that I would fully reflect you. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.”