Psalms of Honesty and Truth
When there is strife between family members, coworkers, church members, those we serve and those who serve us, God is not smiling. We are not smiling. These times are unpleasant to say the least. Each wanting their own way, instead of God’s way, is at the root of dissension. Petty stuff can lead to years of not talking. We probably all have that someone we cannot seem to reach to restore a right relationship.
It’s unfortunate that it sometimes takes dissension, division, and destruction to bring brothers closer together. Joseph and his brothers are a case in point. The refrain “God, come back!” (vv. 3, 7, 19 marks out the three requests Asaph made to the Lord for both kingdoms of Israel:
1. “Save Your Flock” (vv. 1-3).
2. “Pity Your People” (vv. 4-7).
3. “Revive Your Vine” (vv. 8-19).
It is a cry to be saved and restored to God and to each other! We MUST be restored to God, connected to the Vine, first before there is hope to be restored to each other. Love comes from God, is God and flows from God. Without His love in us, honest restoration of human relationships is impossible. “God, come back! Restore us!” is a great prayer to pray daily. God’s smile is our salvation! His restoration is a daily exercise of staying connected to The Vine, being fed His nourishment (through His Word) that keep us healthy, growing and strong.
Psalm 80, The Message
An Asaph Psalm
1-2 Listen, Shepherd, Israel’s Shepherd—
get all your Joseph sheep together.
Throw beams of light
from your dazzling throne
So Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh
can see where they’re going.
Get out of bed—you’ve slept long enough!
Come on the run before it’s too late.
3 God, come back!
Smile your blessing smile:
That will be our salvation.
4-6 God, God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
how long will you smolder like a sleeping volcano
while your people call for fire and brimstone?
You put us on a diet of tears,
bucket after bucket of salty tears to drink.
You make us look ridiculous to our friends;
our enemies poke fun day after day.
7 God-of-the-Angel-Armies, come back!
Smile your blessing smile:
That will be our salvation.
8-18 Remember how you brought a young vine from Egypt,
cleared out the brambles and briers
and planted your very own vineyard?
You prepared the good earth,
you planted her roots deep;
the vineyard filled the land.
Your vine soared high and shaded the mountains,
even dwarfing the giant cedars.
Your vine ranged west to the Sea,
east to the River.
So why do you no longer protect your vine?
Trespassers pick its grapes at will;
Wild pigs crash through and crush it,
and the mice nibble away at what’s left.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies, turn our way!
Take a good look at what’s happened
and attend to this vine.
Care for what you once tenderly planted—
the vine you raised from a shoot.
And those who dared to set it on fire—
give them a look that will kill!
Then take the hand of your once-favorite child,
the child you raised to adulthood.
We will never turn our back on you;
breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name!
19 God, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, come back!
Smile your blessing smile:
That will be our salvation.
May God save us and restore all our relationships here on earth. May His face shine on us and fill us to overflow with HIS love. May we look up and cast our eyes on the One whose face breaks into a joyful, wonderful smile as He looks into our hearts. He loves us. We love him back. We love each other with His love in us. Revolutionary.
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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