Psalms 80 - Make Your Face To Shine Upon Us

I often say when I am going through. "Just one touch from Jesus will make it alright; shine on me, Lord". I have learned over the years, that a blessing delayed is not necessarily a blessing denied. Sometimes we can wait on the Lord and get a little antsy and we feel like GOD has forgotten about us but He hasn't. I have come to realize that just because GOD did not give me the blessing when I thought I needed it; wasn't GOD saying "no" in fact He was saying "not yet".

The writer in this Psalm is crying out to the Lord to save and restore His people. He felt that GOD was against the prayers of His people because GOD had not answered them. We may become angry at GOD because it may seem that GOD will not answer our prayers but we must realize GOD has perfect timing. Keep pressing and learn to wrestle with prayer. Matthew Henry says that some people pray but do not wrestle with prayer. Now, let's look at that and assess our prayer life. We must have patience. Sometimes we can ask for something in prayer and GOD will not give it to us because we are not ready for it, we can't handle it at that time. GOD will work on our patience, endurance and perseverance and when GOD says we are ready, He will give it to us. Know that GOD loves us and He has our best interest at heart. Shine On Me!


Se'lah Moment

Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80:3


Meditation

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ Numbers 6:24-26


Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth 2 before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Awaken your might; come and save us. 3 Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. 4 How long, LORD God Almighty, will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people? 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have made them drink tears by the bowlful. 6 You have made us an object of derision to our neighbors, and our enemies mock us. 7 Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. 8 You transplanted a vine from Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it. 9 You cleared the ground for it, and it took root and filled the land. 10 The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches. 11 Its branches reached as far as the Sea,its shoots as far as the River. 12 Why have you broken down its walls so that all who pass by pick its grapes? 13 Boars from the forest ravage it, and insects from the fields feed on it. 14 Return to us, God Almighty! Look down from heaven and see! Watch over this vine, 15 the root your right hand has planted, the son you have raised up for yourself. 16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire; at your rebuke your people perish. 17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself. 18 Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name. 19 Restore us, LORD God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80 NIV

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