The scripture reading for today is Psalm 80: 7-15.
Restore us, O God Almighty;
make your face shine upon us,
that we may be saved.
You brought a vine out of Egypt;
you drove out the nations
and planted it.
You cleared the ground for it,
and it took root and filled the land.
The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches.
It sent out its boughs to the Sea,
its shoots as far as the River.
Why have you broken down its walls
so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
Boars from the forest ravage it,
and the creatures from the field feed on it.
Return to us, O God Almighty!
Look down from heaven and see!
Watch over this vine,
the root your right hand has planted,
the son you have raised up for yourself.
This is an appeal to God. It makes use of the vine-vineyard metaphor to describe Israel’s changed condition. Israel was once God’s flourishing transplanted vine. The last three lines are a prayer for God to renew his care for his ravaged vine.
Why…? Israel’s anguished perplexity over God’s abandonment. Broken down its walls means He has taken away its defenses.
In the last line the son refers to a vine branch which was raised up, made vigorous.
The rest of Psalm 80 is a concluding prayer for restoration. Again, the request…make your face shine upon us.
Dear Lord, we think of you as the vine and ourselves as the branches. Nourish us with your word and shine on us that we may grow daily to become more and more like you.
Maureen Baldwin firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Those who are in their final days here on earth that they may feel lifted up in His presence as He takes them home.