If We Would Only Listen (Psalm 81:13-14)

“If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways, how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!” (Psa. 81:13-14)

God was waiting for Israel to repent and turn back to Him. He wanted to restore them and bless them w/ His covenant promises, but they were in no position to receive His blessing. (more…)

That We May Be Saved (Psalm 80)

In Psalm 80, I noticed the writer repeated this same phrase 3 times throughout the passage:

“Restore us, O God / God Almighty / Lord God Almighty,
make your face shine on us,
that we may be saved.” (v3, v7, v19)

Asking God to “make His face shine on you” is a common Old Testament prayer/blessing that has been passed down for centuries, starting with Aaron (Num. 6:24-26). (more…)