Advent: Friday Dec 16

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!

Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?

You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.

You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.

Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.

Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

[The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]

Questions:

What do you think about the Psalmist’s refrain, “Let your face shine, that we may be saved”?
What do you think that means?
What modern parallels does this evoke for you?

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2 comments

  1. I especially like the use of the words “restore us” at the beginning of the refrain that bookends this text. I believe that being saved always has to do with coming home–being restored to our true selves–seeing the face of God (the image of God, the “ground of being”) shining brightly within and reflecting it.
    In yesterday’s text the language suggests the same thing with the word “belong” that Terry pointed out for us. It reminds me that we are all “children of God” encompassed by the
    Cosmic Christ revealed in a new way by the historical Jesus. We don’t have to become children of God. We need to be reminded that we already are. We belong to the human family and need in a very deep sense to be “at home”. Otherwise we get lost.
    Sorry to be so wordy.
    Peg

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