The Greening of Our Hearts

Will you not revive us again,

that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Ps. 85:6–7

Lord Jesus, it’s amazing what a few really good rains can do to transform our brown, sunbaked yards into a lavish display of fresh, green refreshed life. I begin today grateful for the showers of the last couple of weeks. I can run my sprinkler endlessly, but there’s just something about the water that falls from the sky that brings restoration and renewal like no other aquatic supply.

Our hearts are no different. When we grow brown, dry, and crispy on the inside—when our rejoicing gets displaced with complaining and our delighting in you morphs into coolness towards you, we need what you alone can give us. There’s no hose, fire hydrant, or reservoir of our own making that can even begin to make brown hearts green.

So we cry out with the Psalmist, “Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, grant us your salvation.” Jesus, just as it was your unfailing love that first brought life to our deadness, so it will be your unfailing love that brings fresh green to our current brown. You have promised to “satisfy our needs in a sun-scorched land” and “strengthen our frame.” You have promised that we will be “like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail” (Isa. 58:11 NIV). You have invited the thirsty to come and drink freely of living water—Spirit water (John 7:37-39). Thank you!

We boldly come before you this June Friday, praying the promises of the gospel. You suffered the ultimate thirst of the cross so that we will never thirst again. So revive us that we might rejoice in you. Renew in us the joy of your salvation, the gladness of grace, the merriment of mercy. So very Amen we pray, in your loving and powerful name.