Psalm 80 – Restore us, O God

Break through…

PSALM 80:1-7, 17-19

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

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

4   O LORD God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5   You have fed them with the bread of tears,
and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6   You make us the scorn of our neighbors;
our enemies laugh among themselves.

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

17  But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
the one whom you made strong for yourself.
18   Then we will never turn back from you;
give us life, and we will call on your name.

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

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath
  • Look into the light of the candle.
  • Or if you are sitting next to a window, look at the light that dances on the landscape.
  • Seek God in the light.
  • How is the face of God reaching out to you in the light?
  • Allow the light to shine upon your face.
  • Allow the light to penetrate you with warmth and love.
  • Embrace this warmth and love.
  • See God’s face shining upon you.
  • Embrace God’s saving grace that is a gift for you.
  • Carry this light and this gift with you throughout the day.
  • Share this gift with those you encounter.
  • At the end of the day, spend some time to reflect upon the ways you are able to let God shine through you.
  • Give thanks to God for this day to share in the light and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 3, 2017, the First Sunday of Advent (Year B) 
Isaiah 64: 1-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13: 24-37

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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