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Read Psalm 80:1-2 and 8-19


Read Psalm 80:1-2 and 8-19

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!

8 You brought a grapevine out of Egypt;
   you drove out other nations and planted it in their land.
9 You cleared a place for it to grow;
   its roots went deep, and it spread out over the whole land.
10 It covered the hills with its shade;
   its branches overshadowed the giant cedars.
11 It extended its branches to the Mediterranean Sea
   and as far as the Euphrates River.
12 Why did you break down the fences around it?
   Now anyone passing by can steal its grapes;
13     wild hogs trample it down,
   and wild animals feed on it.

14 Turn to us, Almighty God!
   Look down from heaven at us;
   come and save your people!
15 Come and save this grapevine that you planted,
   this young vine you made grow so strong!

16 Our enemies have set it on fire and cut it down;
   look at them in anger and destroy them!
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.

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society


The people of Israel mourn the passing away of what once was a wonderful nation.  Often we hold on to the glory of the past - without properly considering the pain.  As we build lives that give glory to God we pray that God would help us to bear good fruit.


Bring us back, Lord God Almighty.
   Show us your mercy, and we will be saved.

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