Monday, November 24, 2014
Psalm for Sunday, November 30, 2014
Psalm 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19 (Read)
“Give us new life, and we will call upon your name.”
The Psalm is a prayer to restore Israel,
at a time when the chosen people were
scattered and had withdrawn from God.
The Psalm is well adapted to our prayers during Advent. We are a people scattered and separated from God, and we await His coming. Our psalmist makes a direct appeal to God to shepherd us,
“Shepherd of Israel listen; come to save us.”
“Turn again Lord, attend to this vine.” The Lord
tends to His vineyard. He protects a shoot planted
by His right hand, the son of man whom God
himself made strong. The coming of Christ is
intended to revive us, restore our strength. As the
Psalm says, “Give us new life, and we will call
upon your name.”
We all need to be renewed from time to time when
our faith grows lukewarm, when our hearts harden
due to the sins that separate us from God.
We, like the Israelites, need to beg for God’s mercy,
to petition the Lord and seek his peace, the peace
that will guard our hearts and minds, and restore us
as His people. We are after all, the work of His
hands. (Isaiah 64:7)
Where does our hope for revival come from?
It comes from our Savior, sent by the Lord, our
cornerstone. In Him we are restored. “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, make us turn to you.'
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 do the Psalm's verses encourage you as we begin
the season of Advent?