Restore us, O God

Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved! —Psalm 80: 3, 7, 19

Restore us, O God. Turn us back to You.  Change us.  Change our character, if not our circumstances.  We need YOU, O God.

Let Your face shine… we want to see You.  “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;  the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.  “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”(Numbers 6)

“That we may be saved.” One glance of Your gracious eye is transforming. 2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Spurgeon comments in the Treasury of David:

The best turn is not that of circumstances but of character. When the Lord turns his people he will soon turn their condition. It needs the Lord himself to do this, for conversion is as divine a work as creation; and those who have been once turned unto God, if they at any time backslide, as much need the Lord to turn them again as to turn them at the first. The word may be read, “restore us; “verily, it is a choice mercy that “he restoreth my soul.”