In the days of Jesus' birth, there was a group of devout and lowly people who still looked for God's redemption. They knew that salvation could not, and would not, come without great cost -- not just to themselves, but also to God. Isaiah had hinted about this in his Servant Songs. They had experienced it in their own history. So with honest hearts, they confessed that they didn't have the power to bring salvation and deliverance. This power had to come from God and had to be released to people who were seeking God's transformation in their lives. They needed to ask God for it! They needed to seek his face, his presence, in their daily lives. So must we!
Restore us, O LORD God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
— Psalm 80:19
Dear Lord we praise you. We praise you for your power and glory. We praise you for your wisdom and creativity. We praise you for your mercy and righteousness. We praise you because you alone are worthy of my praise. You alone can bring me full salvation. Please, shine your face upon us. Please, make your presence known in our life. In Jesus' name, Amen.