The reading for today is: Psalm 80:7-15
Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
You transplanted a vine from Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared the ground for it, and it took root and filled the land.
Why have you broken down its walls so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
Boars from the forest ravage it, and insects from the fields feed on it.
Return to us, 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.
The Psalmist paints a picture in Psalm 80. Israel is a vine planted by God which grew and spread out. Soon however, the vine began to be broken down and destroyed; eventually it was burned with fire. Now what will Israel do? Will they roll over and be destroyed forever or will they get busy replanting the vine?
We have had a year. There have been so many times that I have looked around in desperation searching for God through all the turmoil. We are all facing isolation, too many lives have been destroyed by hatred and violence, and communities have been divided by politics. I have often thought to myself “Why Lord?” But as the walls of security continue to break down around me and our lives ravaged by calamity, I have begun to cry with the psalmist “Restore us, God Almighty!” “Return to us, God Almighty!” “Look down from heaven and see!” I trust the Lord will tend to the vine of our lives and bring about redemption.
The Psalmist knew the truth; if redemption were to come for Israel, it could only come by the hand of God. God uses us to bring about His plans. We each have a specific purpose and we are responsible for using the abilities and opportunities he has given us. Yes, we can make a difference! Everyone is important in God’s plan whether you are a leader of a nation or a common worker, we must equip ourselves so that we can be a part of the progress and development of our world!
Lord, help me be your light through all the darkness in this world. Tend to your vine and restore in me a new heart so that I can help fulfill the plan you have for me. Amen
Karen DeMauro Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Those who feel alone or overwhelmed that they may feel God’s Love!