Psalm 80: Prayer for Revival

How does God “let his light shine” and reveal his strength?

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Psalm 80:1–2 To the minister of music, a song of Asaph.
Listen, Shepherd of Israel, who lives among the cherubim yet leads your people like sheep, let your light shine.
2 Reveal your strength to the tribes of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, and come and save us.
King James
Psalm 80:1–2 <To the chief Musician upon Shoshannimeduth, A Psalm of Asaph.> Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.

What can we do to make God smile?

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Psalm 80:3 Return to us with a smile, God, and we will be delivered.
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Psalm 80:3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

By what right can we expect God to deliver us?

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Psalm 80:3 Return to us with a smile, God, and we will be delivered.
King James
Psalm 80:3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

What assurance do we have that God answers prayers?

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Psalm 80:4–6 Lord God, Commander in Chief, how long will you be angry and not hear the prayers of your people? You gave them sorrow for food, an abundance of tears to drink.
You put us at odds with our neighbors and made us a laughingstock among our enemies.
1 John 5:14 We have this confidence in our Lord: he listens to everything we ask that matches what he wants to do.)
King James
Psalm 80:4–6 O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people? Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure. Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.
1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

If God will never leave us, why might we ask for his return?

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Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. You don’t have to fear anything or anyone if your Lord God is with you. You never have to be alone, because he will never abandon you. Just don’t you ever forsake him.
Psalm 80:7 Return to us with a smile, Almighty God, and we will be delivered.
Hebrews 13:5 Don’t be greedy, wanting what others have, but be content with whatever God provides, for he has said he will never leave us. He will never forsake us as orphans.
King James
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Psalm 80:7 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Why might God want to transplant people?  Can’t he use them where they are? Why?

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Psalm 80:8–11 Like a transplanted grapevine, you brought your people out of Egypt and planted them in a foreign country as you weeded out the unbelievers. You cleared the ground and prepared the soil so the roots would grow deep and the vine would spread throughout the land. The branches rose like cedars and the leaves shaded the hillsides. The vines reached west to the Mediterranean and east to the Euphrates.
King James
Psalm 80:8–11 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it. Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land. The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.

Why would God tear down what he has built?

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Psalm 80:12–13 Why, God, have you broken down the walls so any passerby can steal the grapes? Wild pigs emerge from the thicket and tear down the vines. Beasts from the field devour the fruit.
King James
Psalm 80:12–13 Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her? The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.

What does it mean to “bear fruit”?

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Psalm 80:14–15 Return to us, Almighty God. Look down from above, see the need, and care for the vine that your mighty hand has planted to bear lots of fruit.
King James
Psalm 80:14–15 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine; And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.

If God allowed enemies to destroy what he built, why would he be angry and wipe them out?

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Psalm 80:16 Enemies have cut down and burned the vine. Now let your anger wipe them out.
King James
Psalm 80:16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.

What does it mean to be God’s “right-hand” person?

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Psalm 80:17–18 Give strength to the one on your right-hand, the one appointed to fulfill your purpose, and we will be faithful. Revive us, and we will put out trust in you.
King James
Psalm 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. So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.

How can we know when God is smiling on us?

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Psalm 80:19 Smile upon us once again, Lord God Almighty, and deliver us.
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Psalm 80:19 Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.