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Read Psalm Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19


Advent 4A
Read Psalm Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19

80           Listen to us, O Shepherd of Israel;
hear us, leader of your flock.
Seated on your throne above the winged creatures,
2           reveal yourself to the tribes of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.
Show us your strength;
come and save us!
3     Bring us back, O God!
Show us your mercy, and we will be saved!
4     How much longer, Lord God Almighty,
will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5     You have given us sorrow to eat,
a large cup of tears to drink.
6     You let the surrounding nations fight over our land;
our enemies insult us.
7     Bring us back, Almighty God!
Show us your mercy, and we will be saved!

17   Preserve and protect the people you have chosen,
the nation you made so strong.
18   We will never turn away from you again;
keep us alive, and we will praise you.
19   Bring us back, Lord God Almighty.
Show us your mercy, and we will be saved.[1]

Think

“Bring us back O God, Show us your mercy, and we will be saved.”
An interesting prayer; asking God to show us mercy.  To act mercifully towards us; but also to show us what mercy looks like.
A fitting prayer as we wait for God to reveal Jesus to the world at Christmas.

Pray

“Bring us back, LORD God Almight.  Show us your mercy, and we will be saved.”


80  80.1: Ex 25:22
[1] American Bible Society. (1992). The Holy Bible: The Good news Translation (2nd ed.). New York: American Bible Society.

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