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Psalm 80: A Psalm for Advent

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Psalm 80

A Psalm for Advent

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph like a flock.
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
    Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might
    and come to save us! Restore us,[a] O God;
    let your face shine, that we may be saved!  
God is one who leads like a shepherd.            
 











Elohim
O Lord God of hosts,
    how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure.
You make us an object of contention for our neighbors,
    and our enemies laugh among themselves. Restore us, O God of hosts;
    let your face shine, that we may be saved!  
Israel understands their great difficulties to be the results of God’s anger.  
Tears
More tears
Become the object of contention to their neighbors
The laughingstock among their neighbors      

Elohim
You brought a vine out of Egypt;
    you drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared the ground for it;
    it took deep root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
    the mighty cedars with its branches.
11 It sent out its branches to the sea
    and its shoots to the River.[b]
12 Why then have you broken down its walls,
    so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
13 The boar from the forest ravages it,
    and all that move in the field feed on it. 14 Turn again, O God of hosts!
    Look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine,
15     the stock that your right hand planted,
    and for the son whom you made strong for yourself.  
The vine is Israel.  Genesis 49:22, Isaiah 5:1                                      














Elohim Sabaoth (God of armies)
16 They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down;
    may they perish at the rebuke of your face!
17 But let your hand be on the man of your right hand,
    the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!

The hope of Israel is a very unique Man.  
The man of your right hand   The son of man (Daniel 7:13, Matthew 12:8)
18 Then we shall not turn back from you;
    give us life, and we will call upon your name! 19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts!
    Let your face shine, that we may be saved!


Sabaoth Elohim Yahweh (See Psalm 46:10, 11)

Bible Commentator, Matthew Henry, envisions the Psalm 80 vine as both Israel and the Church.

The church is represented as a vine and a vineyard. The root of this vine is Christ, the branches are believers. The church is like a vine, needing support, but spreading and fruitful. If a vine do not bring forth fruit, no tree is so worthless. And are not we planted as in a well-cultivated garden, with every means of being fruitful in works of righteousness? But the useless leaves of profession, and the empty boughs of notions and forms, abound far more than real piety. It was wasted and ruined. There was a good reason for this change in God’s way toward them. And it is well or ill with us, according as we are under God’s smiles or frowns. When we consider the state of the purest part of the visible church, we cannot wonder that it is visited with sharp corrections. They request that God would help the vine. Lord, it is formed by thyself, and for thyself, therefore it may, with humble confidence, be committed to thyself.

https://biblehub.com/commentaries/psalms/80-8.htm

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