BIBLE: Psalm Chapter 80 – Headline “Return, Revive, Restore” []

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Psalm 80

Prayer for Israel’s Restoration
To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies. (Heb. Shoshannim)” A Testimony (Heb. Eduth) of Asaph.
A Psalm.

Psalm 80:1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock;
  • The Good Shepherd:

    John 10:11 “I (Jesus) am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
You who dwell between the cherubim (angels), shine forth!
  • The mercy seat on the Ark of the Covenant:

    Exodus 25:18-19 and you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work you shall make them at the two ends of the mercy seat.
    Make one cherub at one end, and the other cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim at the two ends of it of one piece with the mercy seat.
  • The bed in the tomb where they laid Jesus:

    John 20:12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
Psalm 80:Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh,
Stir up Your strength,
And come and save us!
  • Jesus in Hebrew is “Yeshua” which means “Salvation”.
Psalm 80:Restore us, O God (‘ĕlōhîm);
Cause Your face to shine,
And we shall be saved!
Psalm 80:O Lord God of hosts (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm ṣāḇā’),
How long will You be angry
Against the prayer of Your people?
Psalm 80:You have fed them with the bread of tears,
And given them tears to drink in great measure.
Psalm 80:You have made us a strife to our neighbors,
And our enemies laugh among themselves.
  • Obadiah 1:12 “But you should not have gazed on the day of your brother In the day of his captivity; Nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah In the day of their destruction; Nor should you have spoken proudly In the day of distress.
Psalm 80:Restore us, O God of hosts (ĕlōhîm ṣāḇā’);
Cause Your face to shine,
And we shall be saved!

THE HEBREWS TRANSPLANTED FROM EGYPT TO CANAN

Psalm 80:You have brought a vine (the Jewish nation) out of Egypt (Literally: captivity, bound up, grave-clothes, a closed in place);
You have cast out the nations (Gentiles in Canaan), and planted it.
  • God prepared His garden. He plowed up the Gentiles, He piled up them up like weeds, and He took them to the dump and cast them out for their abominable acts.
  • Now that the soil has been turn over, it is rich and ripe for planting.
Psalm 80:You prepared room for it,
And caused it to take deep root,
And it filled the land.
  • His vine, the Hebrews, grew and filled the land with the greenery of life.
Psalm 80:10 The hills were covered with its shadow,
  • The vine is majestic, it has reached amazing heights, so big it casts a shadow over all the foreign greenery (nations).
And the mighty cedars (Lit. cedars of God) with its boughs.
  • The tall, straight, and upright leaders of God have influence that reaches out over the land.
Psalm 80:11 She sent out her boughs to the Sea (The Mediterranean),
And her branches to the River (The Euphrates).
  • There is a problem. The Vine isn’t bearing fruit. The Vine is giving what is expected of her.

GOD TEARS DOWN HIS GARDEN

Psalm 80:12 Why have You broken down her hedges (walls or fences),
So that all who pass by the way pluck her fruit?
  • God has removed His protection. Foreign nations are taking advantage of her past blessings.
Psalm 80:13 The boar out of the woods uproots it,
And the wild beast of the field devours it.
  • They no longer can prosper whether in the woods or in the field.

NOW THEY ARE BEGGING GOD TO RETURN TO THEM BECAUSE OF THE DESTRUCTION.

Psalm 80:14 Return, we beseech You, O God of hosts (ĕlōhîm ṣāḇā’);
Look down from heaven and see,
And visit this vine
  • The plea for a Return speaks to their current tribulation and to the seven year tribulation to come, as spoken by Daniel the prophet.
  • There is coming a day when Jesus will return to earth to set up His kingdom on earth.
Psalm 80:15 And the vineyard which Your right hand has planted,
  • God’s right hand planted the Jews in the Promised Land. Jesus is described as the Prince even as the Prince of a King is called the King’s right Arm.
And the Branch that You made strong for Yourself.
  • The Jewish nation used God’s blessings, like fertilizer, to produce bad fruit. But there is one strong branch, one branch strong for God’s purpose because this Branch will be obedient.
  • This Branch, Jesus, will produce much fruit.
  • King David is the branch God made strong for His purpose. Out of King David’s branch will come “THE BRANCH” who is Jesus, obedient to the Father, and hence produce much good fruit.
    • Isaiah 11:1 [The Branch From Jesse] A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
    • Isaiah 4:2 [The Branch of the Lord] In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel; the remnant who survive the seven year tribulation.
Psalm 80:16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down;
They perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.
  • Just as God burns the weeds and brush, He will also burn His vine when it doesn’t produce.
Psalm 80:17 Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand,
Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.
  • Jesus referred to Himself as the son of man who is also the Man of God’s right hand.
Psalm 80:18 Then (at that time) we will not turn back from You (the Millennium);
Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.
  • Note: The Return, The Revival, The Restoration…
  • The Jews return to God and Jesus returns to save the Jews from annihilation at the end of the seven year tribulation in the future for the Battle of Armageddon, at as illustrated by the Jewish Feast Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement celebrated on Tishri 10th on the Jewish calendar. Since Jesus fulfilled all the prophetic events during the Jewish Spring Feasts on their exact same days, it is not unreasonable to believe that He will fulfill the Autumn feasts with prophetic events on their exact same day also.
  • The Revival and Restoration is the 1,000 year reign of Jesus on earth from Jerusalem.
Psalm 80:19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
Cause Your face to shine,
And we shall be saved!
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