“Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock. O God, enthroned above the cherubim, display your radiant glory to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Show us your mighty power. Come to rescue us! Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved. O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, how long will you be angry with our prayers? You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful. You have made us the scorn of neighboring nations. Our enemies treat us as a joke. Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved. You brought us from Egypt like a grapevine; you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land. You cleared the ground for us, and we took root and filled the land. Our shade covered the mountains; our branches covered the mighty cedars. We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea; our shoots spread east to the Euphrates River. But now, why have you broken down our walls so that all who pass by may steal our fruit? The wild boar from the forest devours it, and the wild animals feed on it. Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Look down from heaven and see our plight. Take care of this grapevine that you yourself have planted, this son you have raised for yourself. For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies. May they perish at the sight of your frown. Strengthen the man you love, the son of your choice. Then we will never abandon you again. Revive us so we can call on your name once more. Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.” Psalms 80:1-19 NLT
The desolate life of the nation of Israel is described in the first seven verses. The former blessings and the immediate desperation of the nation are stated in the nine verses following. The last three verses are a cry for mercy. There is one thing in the whole chapter that the psalmist knew the nation of Israel needed: REVIVAL!! "Turn us again to Yourself, O Lord God of Heaven's Armies. Make Your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved." This statement is made three times in Psalm 80. When something is repeated three times we should take notice and place emphasis upon it. The only thing that could save Israel was God!!! This is true for our nation as well!! Let us pray this very prayer on behalf of America. Let's pray it every day!! In Jesus Name! Amen!
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Rev. Curtis Norris