Psalm 80 (Psalm 80:1-19)

Rosemary Aldis, 14th August 2016
Part of the Psalms for the Summer series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

A prayer on behalf of the northern kingdom, said by those in the southern one. In 722 BC, Israel had fallen.
1. The prayer starts with a focus on God. It is good to start by doing the same.
2. It continues with a recognition of present reality. The Psalmist is honest with God.
3. He reminds God of past actions. He had blessed them. It is good to reflect on what God has done.
4. Now he asks why God allowed disaster to strike.
5. There is a refrain prayer asking God to restore them, to turn them round, and then turn back to them.
6. Israel's and our predicament is that we can't keep our promises. Jesus bridges the gap between God and man and restore us.
Is God smiling on us?

Tags: Asaph, Israel, Psalms

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Psalm 80 (Listen)

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Testimony. Of Asaph, a Psalm.

80:1   Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph like a flock.
  You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
    Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
  stir up your might
    and come to save us!
  Restore us, O God;
    let your face shine, that we may be saved!
  O LORD God of hosts,
    how long will you be angry with your people's prayers?
  You have fed them with the bread of tears
    and given them tears to drink in full measure.
  You make us an object of contention for our neighbors,
    and our enemies laugh among themselves.
  Restore us, O God of hosts;
    let your face shine, that we may be saved!
  You brought a vine out of Egypt;
    you drove out the nations and planted it.
  You cleared the ground for it;
    it took deep root and filled the land.
10   The mountains were covered with its shade,
    the mighty cedars with its branches.
11   It sent out its branches to the sea
    and its shoots to the River.
12   Why then have you broken down its walls,
    so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
13   The boar from the forest ravages it,
    and all that move in the field feed on it.
14   Turn again, O God of hosts!
    Look down from heaven, and see;
  have regard for this vine,
15     the stock that your right hand planted,
    and for the son whom you made strong for yourself.
16   They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down;
    may they perish at the rebuke of your face!
17   But let your hand be on the man of your right hand,
    the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!
18   Then we shall not turn back from you;
    give us life, and we will call upon your name!
19   Restore us, O LORD God of hosts!
    Let your face shine, that we may be saved!


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