Sometimes I need a different perspective on my situation. If I will step back and look at things from a different angle, they might look and feel different. Perspective is like that. It can give me new insight into something that I’ve looked at every day for years, but with a new perspective it looks different. Sometimes, my new perspective comes by way of a comment by someone else. Asaph had some perspective on the captivity of his country. He obviously writes this Psalm during captivity, or so it seems. Check this out…1 Shepherd of Israel, listen to us. You lead the people of Joseph like a flock. You sit on your throne between the gold creatures with wings. Show your greatness2 to the people of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Use your strength, and come to save us. 3 God, take us back. Show us your kindness so we can be saved. (Psalm 80:1-3 NCV)
One of the things I like about this Psalm right out of the gate is how Asaph acknowledges God’s position. He notes that God is in a position of Power and Strength and Greatness. His prayer for rescue comes after acknowledging God’s position. I think that this is a good lesson for me. Before I ask God to do anything, I should recognize His position as Lord over everything, including me, and my circumstances. There have been many times when my circumstances were screaming so loudly that I didn’t have proper perspective.
God is kind and full of mercy and grace. He loves me. He rescues me. He reconnected me. He releases me. I am who I am because of Who God is and the Grace He pours all over me! That’s the daily perspective I need.Pressing On! Dwayne