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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 80

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Third Book of Psalms (c 73 - 89)
Message: Revival and Restoration (v 1-19)

Psalms 80 Commentary

(80:1)  Cherubims - Cherubims are mighty angelic beings. That God "dwellest between the cherubims" is a reminder of the Lord's presence over the ark of the covenant (Exodus 2517-22) 

(80:3-7) Turn Us Again - Three times, the psalm writer calls upon God to "turn us again" to himself. Before God can turn us to himself, we must begin by turning away from our own selfish plans, sinful desires, and dead-end pursuits. Repentance also means giving up self-control and turning to God to receive his forgiveness. Visualize a small child wandering away from a parent in a park. The parent calls, but the child doesn't turn. Then, the parent must physically turn the child toward a safer area to play. As we turn to God, he helps us see our true identity and renew our purpose. He clarifies the damage our waywardness will cause. By turning to God, we can constantly be restored to fellowship with him and grow increasingly close to him (see 85:4-7). 

(80:17) Son of Man - The "son of man" is probably not the Messiah but Israel, whom God calls elsewhere his "firstborn" (Exodus 4:22). The psalm writer is making a plea that God would show mercy to Israel, the people he had chosen to bring his message into the world.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Attaining Victory

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 80. In our text today, we see a theme of our prayer for revival and restoration after experiencing destruction. In making an application, we see that God is our only hope. In defeat, we understand that we are not in control and our efforts can be insufficient. Being humble, we see who is in control and our need to depend on our Lord. Once we are humbled and submit to His Lordship, then we can be used by the Lord to do His Will in our lives. How about you? Are you humbled before the Lord? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that our humility is the beginning of us attaining victory in our lives.


Psalm 80

Psalm 80

 1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.

 2Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.

 3Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

 4O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?

 5Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

 6Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.

 7Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

 8Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.

 9Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land.

 10The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars.

 11She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.

 12Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her?

 13The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.

 14Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;

 15And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.

 16It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.

 17Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.

 18So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.

 19Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.