Psalms 80:1 Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead bJoseph like a flock; You who care enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth! 2)Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up Your power and come to save us!  3) O God, restore us and cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.  4) O LORD God of hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?  5) You have fed them with the bread of tears, And You have made them to drink tears in large measure.  6) You make us an object of contention to our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves.  7) O God of hosts, restore us and cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.  8) You removed a vine from Egypt; You drove out the nations and planted it.  9) You cleared the ground before it, and it took deep root and filled the land.  10) The mountains were covered with its shadow, and the cedars of God with its boughs.
11) It was sending out its branches to the sea and its shoots to the River.  12) Why have You broken down its hedges,  So that all who pass that way pick its fruit?  13) A boar from the forest eats it away and whatever moves in the field feeds on it.  14) O God of hosts, turn again now, we beseech You; Look down from heaven and see, and take care of this vine, 15) Even the shoot which Your right hand has planted, and on the son whom You have strengthened for Yourself.
16) It is burned with fire, it is cut down; They perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.  17)       Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.  18) Then we shall not turn back from You; Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.  19) O LORD God of hosts, restore us; Cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.
Ever see anyone’s face shine?  I have.  Just raising a few kids and having to help them be forgiven and restored for something they have done wrong is an amazing process to experience.  Confession is a great thing. Not only does it change our heart and continuance, but it also restores our relationships. When one is honest about something they have done that they know is wrong and confession takes place, the relationship that was broken or damaged can be repaired and restored. It’s amazing what happens to the face.  It’s like a weight is lifted and they can smile and shine again. Imagine how much bigger that is when it comes to God in our lives.  
The Psalmist grows His calling on God by calling out  and his passion to be restored to God.
“to God “in Verse 3, “to the God of Hosts “ in verse 7 and then “O LORD God of hosts, restore us” in verse  19.
God not only shines His face upon us but forgives us and we are saved.  Wow! That’s powerful. The Psalmist asks to be forgiven, revived and restored to God in Psalm 80.  Is that part of your prayers today?
"O God, restore us
            And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved."   
Oh and by the way this verse is really repeated in Verses 3, 7, and 19
Enjoy the restoring power of our Lord today… and see His face shine on you.
The psalmist asks God to allow His face to shine on them. Has God shined His face on you lately?  

by Jerry Hull, Pastor of Children's Ministry

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