Turn Us Again (Daily Portion 10405)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
Psalm 80:1-19

In this psalm, Israel has suffered affliction and destruction and now seeks the help of God her Shepherd. Israel is as a vine which once filled the land in prosperity but has been burned and cut down. The psalmist pleas with God to visit this vine and cause His face to shine on them once again.

What Does It Say?

  1. God is asked, How long wilt thou be angry against the _________ of thy people?
  2. God had fed them with the bread of _________.
  3. For the vine, God had prepared ________ before it and had caused it to take deep ________.
  4. In His displeasure, God had broken down her ___________ so that all who pass by do __________ her.
  5. “So will not we go back from thee: __________ us, and we will ________ upon thy name.” 

What Does It Mean?

  1. The psalm begins, “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel” (v.1). God is the shepherd of Israel (Psalm 23:1-2; Isaiah 40:11). Jesus Christ is also pictured as a shepherd (John 10:14; Hebrews 13:20; 1Peter 2:25; 1Peter 5:4). Look at these passages and consider the work and duties of a shepherd. List a number of ways in which God is like a shepherd.
  2. In verses 8-16, Israel is compared to a vine. Compare this with the same picture in Isaiah 5:1-7. Why do you think God used a vine to picture Israel? What are the aspects of a vine that compare to the nation? How is this different from the picture of Christ as the vine in John 15:1-7?
  3. Verse 17 states, “Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.” To whom is this referring? Who is the man of God’s right hand (see Psalm 110:1; Ephesians 1:20)? How does the last half of this verse compare with the last half of verse 15 (see also Zechariah 6:12)? Who is “the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself” (see Matthew 28:18; John 17:2)? 

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. Verses 3, 7, and 19 are identical except for the names used for God after the phrase, “turn us again.” At this point, verse 3 has “O God;” verse 7 has “O God of hosts;” and verse 19 has “O LORD God of hosts.” After God is addressed, each verse concludes, “and cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.” What do these verses mean in context of the entire psalm? What is their spiritual application to our lives? How do these verses compare with Jeremiah 31:18 and Lamentations 5:21?
  2. Verse 14 states, “Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine.” What is the meaning of this verse? How could we apply the teaching of this verse to our own lives?

Suggested Memory Verses

Psalm 80:1, 14, 19

David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 25:14

Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.