Restore us, God;
make your face shine on us,
so that we may be saved. (v. 3 CSB)
This is the plea of Psalm 80. Repeated three times with increasing urgency, God’s people cry out in a time of national crisis, a time when God has allowed enemies to break down their walls because of the sinful choices of God’s people. The people long for God to save them and return them to a state of favor like they experienced when God saved them from Egyptian slavery.
Restore us, God of Armies;
make your face shine on us, so that we may be saved. (v. 7 CSB)
You are the God of Armies. You can defeat our enemies. Make Your face shine on us. We long for Your favor.
Restore us, LORD, God of Armies;
make your face shine on us, so that we may be saved. (v. 19 CSB)
You are LORD, Yahweh, our covenant God. You alone are our salvation. We trust the promise of Your name.
This is a prayer we need.
Like Israel, we may find ourselves in a time of trouble because our own sinful choices. In such times, it can seem like tears of sorrow are our only food and drink.
You fed them the bread of tears
and gave them a full measure
of tears to drink. (v. 5 CSB)
We need restoration.
We long for God’s favor, for His face to shine on us again.
We need God to save us.
Cry out to HIm. Call on His name.
He will hear your prayers.
Father, restore us. Forgive us. Save us. Defeat our enemies. Make Your face shine on us again. You are our salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.