Monday, September 29, 2014

Psalm for Sunday, October 5, 2014


Psalm 80:  9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20 (Read)  

"O Lord, take care of this vine." 

The Psalm is a prayer to restore the Israelites to God’s vineyard.   
The chosen people have lost God’s protection; God has removed 
the hedge that He put up around them.

“God brought a vine out of Egypt and planted it.”  But what kind 

of fruit did God’s vineyard bear?  The prophet Isaiah says in 
our 1st reading that despite all of God’s efforts, nothing but wild
grapes was produced. (Isaiah 5:2)    And so God broke down the
vineyard’s walls, letting, “The boar strip the vine, and the beast 
feed upon it.”

There is a message here for all of us who do not bear fruit or 

use our resources wisely.  We could lose God’s protection, 
and we may not be able to defend ourselves from the evil one 
that prowls around like a roaring lion.

We, like the psalmist, need to beg for God’s mercy.
“Turn again, O Lord of hosts, attend to this vine.”
If we’re not careful, the kingdom will be taken away 

from us, as it was in the Gospel, and given to a people
that will produce its fruit.  (Matthew 21: 43)  

We, like the Israelites, need to be restored.  The Psalm's
verses pray, “Give us new life,  and we will call on your name.”

Where does our hope for revival come from?
It comes from our Savior, sent by the Lord, our cornerstone,

“The son of man whom God himself made strong.”
In Him we are restored. As the Psalm says, “Lord of hosts 

restore us; let your face shine upon us, 
that we may be saved.”



Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  The Psalm says, “Lord, take care of this vine; then we will no more withdraw 

from you.  Give us new life, and we will call upon your name.”  Have you noticed 
at times when we stray off His path how the Lord tugs at each of us so that 
we return to His ways.   Give an example from your own experience.

2.  Our psalmist is writing about the scattered people of Israel, but his words may 

apply to each of us in our separation from God.   In what way are you inspired by the 
Psalm's verses to repent and seek renewal?


  1. Our country, the USA, has turned away from God. We used to be the protected ones, but no more. We, like the Israelites, need to be restored. And, where does this revival come from?????….the Savior. The plague is now in the USA. The world has become chaotic….out of control. When will the world wake up and recognize what needs to be done. Let it begin with each one of us.

  2. Quite often the chosen people have lost God's protection because they stray off God's path. We human beings are helpless and foolish. We keep sinning knowingly and without knowing until He takes away the Kingdom of God from us. At that point, like the psalmist, we beg for God's mercy and turn to Him for spiritual restoration. "Give us new life," we plea, asking for forgiveness for our sins.

    When this morning I sat still in front of God, asking for restoration of my fellowship with Him, the thought came to my mind, "Where does your hope for revival come from?" It comes from our Savior. He is the only one who can grant me Salvation. In Him I will be restored and saved. Before being restored I know I have to repent for my sins and humble myself before God. He will put me back on His path. And then my spirit will be renewed, and He will let His face shine upon me.