September 28, 2011 § 1 Comment
Psalm 80:7-15 reminds of Monday’s Scripture reading from Isaiah 5 by using the same metaphor of God’s people as a ruined, forsaken vine and vineyard. The difference is that the Psalm does not argue the case from God’s perspective, but presents a human response to the failure of God’s grape people. The proper response to failure is seeking God’s restoration (80:7) for the sake of wholeness. Taking ownership of our mistakes and failures is part of the Christian response of repentance during which we refuse to find excuses or to shift the blame somewhere else. Seeking God’s restoration when we repent is simply a way of reminding God of his salvation. That is the way of Psalm 80:8-11. It is a prayer of reciting God’s act of salvation. It is a way of pleading to God to “return to us” (80:14). Find a little bit of time somewhere today to acknowledge your mistakes and failures. Ask God for forgiveness and remind God of his promise of forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Plead with God for returning to you with his gift of restoration, and expect the power of his Spirit to transform your life.