1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.
2Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.
3Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
We Shall Be Saved
Psalm 80, which is actually a continuation of Psalm 79, is divided into three sections, all of which end with, "we shall be saved." The writer correctly understands that the only salvation which will come to his people will be from the hand of God, the Shepherd of Israel.
It is interesting that the writer, in verse 1, speaks of the Shepherd of Israel who led Joseph like a flock. Joseph, you will remember, was taken as a slave to the land of Egypt. His brothers thought that they had rid themselves of him forever, and Joseph must surely have felt that his life was over. Gone were the privileges he had experienced in his father's house.
However, we know the rest of the story. God used Joseph to preserve his people during seven years of famine, and made of them a great nation in the land of Egypt. No wonder Asaph could say with confidence,
Stir up thy strength, and come and save us. Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
If God could so miraculously work on behalf of His people as He did to Joseph, and then later when bringing the nation of Israel out of the land of Egypt, then surely He could work on behalf of His people again.
Do we have that same confidence in God? When difficulties arise do we go to God first, or do we treat Him as a last resort, going to Him when all else fails? Are we so tied to this earth that we cannot see God working on our behalf in the same way He worked among His people during the time Asaph penned Psalm 80?
Asaph's God is the same God we worship today; just as He worked wondrously on behalf of His people then, so does He work among His people today. Our world is filled with pop psychology and self-help guides, but, truthfully, our only hope lies in God. If He comes to us and turns us again to Him, then we shall be saved.
What an amazing God we serve.
God Bless You,