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Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19, Put Down the Axe

Key Verse

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!
— Psalm 80:1-2

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, August 16, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

We could use a little saving don’t you think? Sometimes I look around at the world and it’s all I can do not to spiral down into despair. All the violence, the injustice, the oppression—and that’s just in this country.

The Psalmist speaks of how God planted a vineyard—God’s beloved people—and it has fallen into ruin, ravaged by the nations that surrounded it. The cry for restoration is heartbreaking. And so terribly, terribly contemporary. Except that the nation ravaging the vineyard is our own, and we, ourselves, hold the axe at the root of God’s beautiful vine.

The word of hope is that God does Shepherd us, leading us like a flock. If we but follow, we may yet be saved.

Where can I follow God’s command to bring peace and healing to the world today?


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