Study Guide – Psalm 80:8-19

Psalm80-8-19

 

8 You brought us from Egypt like a grapevine;
    you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land.
9 You cleared the ground for us,
    and we took root and filled the land.
10 Our shade covered the mountains;
    our branches covered the mighty cedars.
11 We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea;
    our shoots spread east to the Euphrates River.
12 But now, why have you broken down our walls
    so that all who pass by may steal our fruit?
13 The wild boar from the forest devours it,
    and the wild animals feed on it.

14 Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Look down from heaven and see our plight.
Take care of this grapevine
15     that you yourself have planted,
    this son you have raised for yourself.
16 For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies.
    May they perish at the sight of your frown.
17 Strengthen the man you love,
    the son of your choice.
18 Then we will never abandon you again.
    Revive us so we can call on your name once more.

19 Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved. NLT

 

Look at verse 8. What does it mean to be “transplanted”?

In verse 9, describe the process God took to transplant the people of Israel. How is this similar to what God has done in your life?

 

Considering that the visual is of a “tender vine” (v.8), what is remarkable about the scene described in verses 10-11?

 

Describe the writer’s situation and his requests in verses 12-18.

 

Does verse 19 sound familiar? It should. It is a prayer that is also found in verse 3 and verse 7. Why would the writer repeat these words?

 

::::: EQUIPPING CHALLENGE :::::

Memorize verse 19 and repeat it often in the next 24 hours.

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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