Restore Us

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (NIV)

1 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.
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.

For Reflection and Prayer:
What word, a phrase, image, or feeling “shimmered” for youas you listened? Bring it into conversation with Jesus.

How is God with you when you experience fear or shame? Reflect on a time when God met you there.

Is there a place now within you, which cries out for restoration to God? A longing to be at home again with God?