Psalm 80: 7-15
Restore us, O God Almighty; make your face to shine upon us, that we may be saved.
You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it. You cleared the ground for it, and it took root and filled the land. The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches. It sent out its boughs to the Sea, and its shoots as far as the River. Why have you broken down its walls so that all who pass by pick its grapes? Boars from the forest ravage it and the creatures of the field feed on it. Return to us, O God Almighty! Look down from heaven and see! Watch over this vine, the root your right hand has planted, the son you have raised up for yourself.
God brought his people out of the slavery of the Egyptians into a fertile land where his protection and provision was with them until they turned to idols and rebelled against him. God removed his protection from them because of their disobedience and the other nations have come against them. Now the people are crying out for judgement on the other nations while they are pleading for God’s favor to be restored to them. We need to learn from the disobedience of the people of Israel.
Father forgive us for we have sinned against your word. Come and save us. Awaken us; restore us and make your face to shine upon us. Lead us to be your fruitful ambassador that others may come to repentance in you. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.