August 14, 2022

Summer in the Psalms Psalm 80


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Psalm 80 (NIV)

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[e] 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.

Restore us! Revive us! Return to us!

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24–26 (NIV)

1. God our Shepherd

Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock

I am the good shepherd. John 10:11

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep. Hebrews 13:20 (NIV)

2. God our King

You who sit enthroned between the cherubim

…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)

3. God our Farmer

You transplanted a vine from Egypt

I am the vine you are the branches. John 15:5



In your time alone with God in scripture reflection, solitude, prayer and journaling, begin with a breath prayer like "Holy Spirit, come," or listen to a song from the playlist. This summer we are focusing on one Psalm per week. Consider using one or more of the practices to reflect on the Psalm.

  • Journaling: Write out the Psalm in your journal. Make notes in the margins to amplify or clarify words. Be creative with doodling, drawing, highlighting words or phrases, collaging with cut-out words or pictures. Take your journal with you wherever you go this summer. At the end of the summer you will have a journal full of your own reflections, thoughts and prayers!
  • Reading: Take time to slowly read aloud the Psalm. What words or phrases stand out to you? What questions do you have? What feelings arise in you? Which physical response seems appropriate: hands raised or open? head bowed or lifted? standing or seated?
  • Memorizing: Commit to memorizing one or more verses.
  • Praying: How does this Psalm inspire praise, confession, lament, gratitude, or guidance for yourself, others or the world?