“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. The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches. Its branches reached as far as 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 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. Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire; at your rebuke your people perish. Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself. Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name. Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.” Psalms 80:8-19
We see from these verses that Israel needed to be restored. There are times when we need to be also. We need to be rescued, brought back, carried on the shoulders of the Good Shepherd and our wounds attended to because we’ve gone our own direction and our world is a mess.
But He does just that when we ask. He comes and picks us up, picks up the pieces and puts life back together.
Have you ever seen a master at work restoring an old piece of furniture? New life, beauty, and function are poured into that piece. Sometimes it emerges under his direction with more purpose than it had at the beginning. This is the prayer the psalmist is praying. Join me in praying it today:
Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make Your face shine on us that we might be saved.