by Dean Briggs, National Mobilization Director, TheCall

Meditation:

“He brought me up out of the pit of destruction” (Psa. 40:2)

Reflection:

We fast for both personal and national renewal. We fast for breakthrough and intimate communion. We fast because there is a pit of literal destruction from which only God can deliver.

The good news? Not only does God listen to our prayer, He acts upon it. He is a devoted Father, a faithful Shepherd, a jealous Lover, a powerful King, a righteous Judge, a powerful Savior. As covenant people, we tend to great forgetfulness. Of course, we always need Him, but oh, how short our memories! Good times so easily make us self-sufficient and complacent, until circumstances shift once again and our back is against the wall. Then we remember. When the lions and bears of circumstance roar, when satanic assaults threaten to destroy us, we cry out and turn again in trust and dependence.

Now, God could easily scold our inconsistency. He could show us how behind we are on His scorecard. Instead, when we cry out, He faithfully rises to answer and defend His covenant of love.

Isaiah cried out, “Oh that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down!” (64:1, NKJV)

During our fast, this is our cry: invade, oh King! Come down and visit our land! We must see how Isaiah’s cry connects to David’s plea in Psalm 40. The two best words in today’s verse are Up and Out. He comes down that He might bring us up and out of the pit! This has always been the nature of God. He comes down, so that we can be raised. He came down to Adam’s fallen race to prophesy the salvation that would be raised up through Eve. He came down to Abram to declare the nearness of the promise that would break forth through Isaac. He came down to Sinai to elevate a mass of slaves into a nation of conquerors, empowered by the knowledge of God to triumph in their new land.

“Now it shall be, if you will diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments…The Lord will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they shall come out against you one way and shall flee before you seven ways.” (Deut. 28:1, 7)

If the people would but heed the word of God, victory was assured. Yet even this was only because God came down. And so, in Bethlehem, in the flesh of a human baby, He lowered Himself the most, to restore us fully, to the high realms, to elevate our existence even from earthly to heavenly.

Such birthings necessarily involve great pressure. So times of national and moral crisis squeeze us. The economy contracts. Giants roam the land. It can seem there is no way out. And it’s true. Our destruction is assured. We’re in a pit, typically of our own making. No escape. Until. God. Invades.

Everything changes when He comes down. We rise, because He raises. Isn’t that worthy of waiting and crying out?

Prayer:

“Oh God, rend the heavens and come down, for we greatly need you! Though we have forsaken your ways, your mercy remains, and it is stronger than the rebellion. We stand upon better promises, and better blood. So break forth with deliverance. Invade California! Let a new Jesus Movement raise our nation out of the pit of destruction and rebellion, and restore the heritage of righteousness across our land.”

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