The scripture for today is Psalm 80: 1-7, KJV.
"GIVE ear, O Shephard 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. Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people? Thou feedest them with bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure. Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbors; and our enemies laugh among themselves. Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved."
Where do I begin? There is a lot of "meat" in these seven verses. The writer starts with asking God to hear their prayers. He shows us where God is and what he had done for his people. He asks in the second verse to come and save us. The third verse is one of confidence. God is asked to shine his face on his people so they would be saved.
Then comes verses four and five. The psalmist asks God how long God will be angry against the prayer of his own people. Think about that statement. We are taught God loves us. Yet here, the writer claims God is "angry"? What gives? The description of God's people being fed with the bread of tears and in great measure is a scary image. How far has God removed himself from his own people? Or, did God's people sway from God? God's people are the laughingstock of other nations (verse six).
Then comes the last verse in this devotion. It is a repeat of the third verse. It is also repeaed at the end of the psalm. Only God can save us from ourselves. There is nothing we can do to change this fact. Prayer does go a long way. Keep praying. God does hear us. God remains the same. It is mankind that changes.
Lord, give us our faith to lean upon only you. Lord we pray to be heard and are thankful for all that is given to us by you and you alone. Amen!
Russ Nixon email@example.com
Prayer Concern - Those who doubt how God is in their lives. Those who doubt God listens. Those who doubt God answers prayer