Thursday 7 June, 2018

Psalm 80

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant.” Of Asaph. A psalm. 1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth 2 before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Awaken your might; come and save us. 3 Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. 4 How long, Lord God Almighty, will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people? 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have made them drink tears by the bowlful. 6 You have made us an object of derision to our neighbors, and our enemies mock us. 7 Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. 8 You transplanted a vine from Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it. 9 You cleared the ground for it, and it took root and filled the land. 10 The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches. 11 Its branches reached as far as the Sea, its shoots as far as the River. 12 Why have you broken down its walls so that all who pass by pick its grapes? 13 Boars from the forest ravage it, and insects from the fields feed on it. 14 Return to us, God Almighty! Look down from heaven and see! Watch over this vine, 15 the root your right hand has planted, the son you have raised up for yourself. 16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire; at your rebuke your people perish. 17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself. 18 Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name. 19 Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

Psalm 80 is one of 5 written when the Israelites were being attacked by their enemies. It’s written as a prayer, asking God to restore his flock and revive the one successful vine, Israel. Israel had fallen out of favor with God. Now living in the Promise Land they had begun to try & take back control from God and rely on their own strength. This Psalm is their realisation of their need for God and their desperate attempt to gain back Gods favour.

How often do I take back the reigns in life? I give something to God, see a supernatural victory, only to take back the reigns and have my Goliath, my struggle, rise up against me and begin to defeat and overwhelm me again? I don’t know about you, but I struggle with control, particularly over the things I hold closest. I love this Psalm because it keeps it real, we all do it, we take control back into our own hands out of a lack of faith, but you see God doesn’t bless what He isn’t a part of. In this passage, God sees and recognises Israel’s need but He doesn’t respond. We have a gracious, loving God who desires to be part of our lives. God sees need but He isn’t moved by need, instead He is moved by faith and we show that by surrendering to him.

Lord, Help me today to surrender afresh. Whatever we are holding close, whatever we aren’t showing faith in, convict us and lead us to a place of realisation that the only way we achieve victory is by surrendering to you, having faith in you and allowing you to have your way in our circumstance. Lord, help me to be your hands and feet today, to reflect your heart and to walk in step with you. In Jesus name Amen!!!

Written by Aninque Botta

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