Posted by: Larry Hoekman | February 25, 2017

Psalms — Psalm 80 – God of Hosts!

Day 2684: A weekend post from Asaph, the writer of Psalm 80.

Scripture: Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth!  O God, restore us and cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.

Lord God of hosts, how long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people? You make us an object of contention to our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves. O God of hosts, restore us and cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. 

O God of hosts, turn again now, we beseech You; look down from heaven and see, and take care of this vine, even the shoot which Your right hand has planted, and on the son whom You have strengthened for Yourself. Then we shall not turn back from You; revive us, and we will call upon Your name. Lord God of hosts, restore us; cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.

Thoughts/questions: God of hosts is not used often currently, and I can’t remember ever hearing it used. This phrase is an expression of universal sovereignty. That our God is the sovereign God over everything. From the tiniest atom to the largest of planets, only He is the God of hosts!

Asaph again earnestly prays for Israel and this parallels the current situation in the U.S. as Christ followers have quickly become an object of contention to our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves. 

Twice the phrase cause Your face to shine upon us is used in this Psalm – May that be our prayer for ourselves and our respective countries.

Suggested prayer: O God of hosts, please have Your face shine upon me and upon my nation . . .


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