Psalm 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19
This Psalm is a prayer to
and by extension to restore us,
as a scattered people of
The Psalm is well adapted to our prayers during Advent.
We are a
people scattered and separated from God,
and we await His coming;
can 'make us turn to Him' and convert us.
“Shepherd of Israel listen … come
to save us.”
This is a direct appeal to God to shepherd us.
shall stand firm and shepherd his flock.”
“Turn again Lord ... attend to
Just as the Lord tends to His vineyard,
He protects a shoot
planted by His right hand.
The coming of Christ is intended to revive
restore our strength. As the Psalm says,
“Then we will not withdraw
revive us, and we will call on your name.”
We all need to be
time to time when our faith grows lukewarm,
when our hearts
harden due to the sins
that separate us from God.
Like the Prodigal Son,
and a decision to return home to serve our Father
the face of our Lord,
and his face will shine upon us.