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problem, solution, praise

Psalm 60:1-3 (JDV)

Psalm 60:1 God, you have rejected us; you have broken us down; you have been angry. Restore us!
Psalm 60:2 You have shaken the land and split it open. Heal its fissures, because it shudders.
Psalm 60:3 You have made your people suffer hardship; you have given us wine to drink that made us stagger.

problem, solution, praise

This text is part of a victory prayer, but it does not sound very victorious. What the psalmist is doing is establishing the framework for his confidence in a turn-around. His confidence is this: God has judged his people, he can restore them.

You and I need to come to this point in our prayer lives as well. We have to stop thinking of the challenges and hardships of our lives as things that don’t belong in the picture. The fact is, God is sovereign, and nothing can touch us without his permission.

We don’t strive in prayer to get God to move. He has already moved, and it has resulted in our recognition of our need for his deliverance. The cycle of prayer that ends in praise begins with a problem.

Lord, open our eyes to see your sovereign hand at work.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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