THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Psalms of Prayer & Praise
Part 57: Psalms 80: Can We Still Hear David Praying For Mercy & Restoration?
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: As we pray in a sincere posture in supplication in thanks while confessing our faults we still hear the good king David and all the saints of God who laid the foundation for our prayer life. Will the people heed the call of the Wild as the mighty Winds blow? The seas come up out of the depths. The earth continues to shake, rattle and then it rolls. The snow and ice is seen in numbers never before seen even in the land between the northern and southern poles. What do the people that “play a wicked game of Church see?”
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway. We also come with no material motive or gain or profit from rendering the Truth of God. Those called to great service are given the greatest prosperity that exists by God and not man.
Gracious God our Father we give thanks for the Psalms of praise as we seek to strengthen our prayer life. As we pray we hear David and all the Psalmists that called out to God. Follow us now to another powerful scriptural lesson as we listen to God speaking to David.
Psalms 80: 1: “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.” (Also see Psalms 77: 20)
At the last verse (13) in the preceding chapter (79) the writer refers to the Israelites as sheep. Now David notes that the Lord is a shepherd. We also see Joseph mentioned. He is not mentioned as a ruler or the head of the nation. However Joseph the son of Jacob who first lived in Egypt and through him the rest of the family came to reside there. Meanwhile cherubims have reference to objects of the mercy seat where the high priest met with the Lord on the great Day of Atonement. (For a detailed explanation of the mercy seat and the cherubims see Exodus 25: 18-22).
Now turn with to a well known scripture taken from the 23rd Psalms.
Psalms 23: 1: “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.”
David had been a shepherd as a boy (see I Samuel 16: 11; 17: 34, 40). So he knew what it took to be a good shepherd. He had been a shepherd over literal sheep. Now he reveals that he is the sheep as the Lord (is his) is our shepherd. What does “I shall not want mean?” Does this mean that the Lord will provide all of our needs? Does it mean not to worry that the Lord is in control?
David in verse 2 mentions Ephraim and Manasseh the sons of Joseph. Here the next generation is considered as David wished for God to give full recognition to the nation from every standpoint.
Psalms 80: 3: “Turn us again O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.”
The favorable countenance of God is noted in a figurative use of “cause thy face to shine.” This indicated that the trials and troubles of the people would soon end and many burdens would be lifted and made lighter.
At the 6th Division of Numbers we find several powerful scriptures that are used in the benediction of many services. These scriptures are also noted in the ancient blessing noted in the Old Testament that shows us the way toward understanding the nature of blessing God and self with Truth.
Numbers 6: 24-26:”The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:”
“The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
“The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Also see Psalms 31: 16. Here we see the phrase “Face to shine once more.” David wanted God to be a good God to him and show favor. He realized that God is a God that renders mercy. He leaned on this attribute as so do the saints today. (Also see Psalms 60: 1).
Now return to our primary scripture found at Psalms 80.
Psalms 80: 4: “O Lord God of hosts how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?
David often petitioned God in supplication. Here God is noted as the commander in chief and the people stand ready to follow Him and do His will. See Psalms 79:5 where we find one of the most devout prayers of David for divine help. At Psalms 84:8 we see another earnest prayer of David: “O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob.
Psalms 80: 6: “Thou makest us strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.”
The heathens that were all around the Israelites looked upon them in scorn and considered their problems to be internal turmoil. At Psalms 44:13 we see related scripture ingrained in a prayer for deliverance by God.
In verses 8-11 we see a parable regarding the Israelites and a vine. Meanwhile the nation of Israel grew to spread out over all of the land. It also had boundaries at the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. We will resume our discussion at verse 12.
Psalms 80: 12: “Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her?”
David continues his remarks in the language of the parable. Scripture reveals to us that vineyards that were common during this time and in this part of the world were enclosed by hedges for protection. (See Matthew 21; 33 and Mark 12:1). If one broke down the hedges this would expose the vineyard to the enemy. Here the writer makes a comparison to the enemies that surrounded the people of Israel. However God did expose them to the heathens that surrounded them as a manner of chastisement. Will God chastise the people today by exposing them to their enemies? Why did God chastise the Jews? Do you have to act in disobedience to be chastised by God?
At Psalms 89: 40 see related scripture regarding the hedges that refers to the fortifications by which Jerusalem was protected. We also refer you to Isaiah Chapter 5 verse 5 for the parable of the vineyard. These two cross references will add greater clarity to verse 12 and the verses preceding verse 12 regarding the vineyard and the hedges that were used.
We will conclude our discussion with verses 17 and 18.
Psalms 80: 17-18: “Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.”
The right hand of God means the things done by the hand of God are right and just. If we are in favor of God’s right hand we move in righteousness. Thus we thrive on these words as we look to the times in which we now live: “Precious Lord take my hand.” Also see Psalms 89: 21 where we see the hand and the arm of the Lord will strengthen us that are righteous.
“So will not we go back from thee; quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.”
David promised that if the Lord would give him his hand for guidance he would not forsake him. What will you do? Meanwhile the Lord is good. Quicken means to encourage and stir up them by his favor. This will logically induce the saints to call upon the name of the Lord. Who will you call on?
A sad man called on his boss his supervisor and his great uncle. The wise man called on God in the name of Jesus. Glory to God. Somebody shout Hallelujah.
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 1 March 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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