Psalms 80 “Restore Us”

Restore- To bring back, return to a previous state or condition.

Psalms 80:1–19 is a prayer 🙏🏼  about the restoration of God’s people. Whenever the scriptures testify about something to the highest degree, that something is repeated three times.

Restore us, O GOD; let your face shine, that we may be saved!                Psalms 80:3

The first three verses are about the faithfulness of Joseph. How God led him through difficulties, yet he remained faithful and so did his brother Benjamin.

Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! Psalms 80:7

This next section of prayer (verses 4-7) shows the unfaithfulness of so many in Israel to the point that God is crying tears to the fullest measure. God allowed the enemies of Israel to take them over.

The last portion of this prayer (verses 8-19) trace the vine (Jesus Christ), as well as the “branches” (Israel). Notice the plurality of branches. God still rescued them from Egypt. This prayer is interrupted by verse 14 which is almost identical to verses 3, 7 and 19. “Turn again, O God of host! Look down from heaven and see, have regard for this vine…” Psalms 80:14a

What follows this interruption in verse 14 is the identification of Jesus Christ. God did look down and saw that man could not be righteous without the help of the Son of man. Notice the phrases “your right hand” and “son of man” are repeated. This is Jesus Christ, the true Vine, the Son of man, the one who sits at the right hand of God.

Once God sent His Son, we could say “Then we shall not turn back from you, give us life, and we will call upon your name!” Psalm 80:18

The Psalm ends with:

Restore us, O LORD GOD of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!    Psalms 80:19

Notice how each of these “Restoration plea’s” intensifies. The words “O God” in verse 3, “O God of hosts” verse 7, and “Oh LORD God of hosts!” (The last has an exclamation point) verse 19. Know matter where you can come from or what you are going through right now, may God restore you to the Vine, that is, to return you back to Him where you belong. Amen!🙏🏼

-Chad Makori

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