Then it was said among the nations,

‘The Lord has done great things for them.’

The Lord has done great things for us,

and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:2-3

We have reached the end of our series ‘Songs of Life’. Psalm 126 reflects the orientation/disorientation/re-orientation pattern I explained at the start. The psalm begins with looking back to what God had done for Israel and feelings of euphoria that went with it. Then it turns to calling out to God to bring restoration – to do again what has been done before so that they can rejoice. This call for restoration is similar to calls for revival, and it is asking God to do a miracle because it looks as though things are hopeless – like the Negev desert flowering. Revival means different things to different cultures. We often hear the call for revival and the restoration of Britain as a Christian country. This is the miracle for which we should earnestly pray, but not for God to take us back to a nostalgic Christian past. We need God to lead us forward into a new future as the Church. We don’t want to replicate the past, but look to God to do something new. When we pray for revival, our focus needs to begin with the body of Christ, and at the same time pray for those around us to become his disciples. Whilst we sow in tears before God, we look to reap with songs of joy.

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