DCLM Daily Manna Tuesday 5 March 2024

TOPIC: A Plea for Restoration

TEXT: Psalm 74:1-23 (KJV) 
74 O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?

Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.

Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.

A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.

But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.

They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.

They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.

We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?

11 Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.

12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

13 Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.

14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

15 Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.

16 The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

18 Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.

19 O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

21 O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.

22 Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.

23 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.

“We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.”

Psalm 74:9

DCLM Daily Manna 5 March 2024 MESSAGE

The story is told of how Starbucks Corporation, the popular American multinational chain of coffeehouses and roastery reserves headquartered in Seattle, Washington, reclaimed four shipping containers and made a pretty cool store out of them. They say the containers are “reclaimed, refurnished, renewed and revived.” The company is now the world’s largest coffeehouse chain. Through that decisive and deliberate investment, the company was able to re-produce something new and useful from things that were losing their usefulness and relevance. How this action speaks to what God does in our hearts in response to sincere prayers for revival and restoration!

In our passage today, Asaph decried the spiritual decline Israel faced at this time. They were subjected to incessant attacks by foreign nations. The prophetic authority had waned and their national progress was tanked. What brings back the presence and approval of God is not our loud prayers of binding and losing. Often, it is an acknowledgement of our faults.

READ DCLM Daily Manna Monday 4 March 2024 – Fulfil Your Ministry

Restoration to God’s favour begins when we come to Him with a plea and prayer for revival. When we are confronted with a lot of troubles, reproaches, setbacks and disappointments and it seems we are out of touch with God, we should seek His face to restore His presence and grace.

This study calls for a sober reflection and comprehensive assessment of our status with God. We must join our faith with Asaph in asking God to restore the missing signs of His presence and power with us as in former times. Restoration for a prosperous life and ministry is possible if we pray for it passionately.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Revival responds to spiritual hunger.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Jeremiah 3-4