Asaph laments the calamity brought on them by their enemies. He asks the LORD to restore and save Israel.
For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant.” A Psalm by Asaph.
shine out. Asaph wants God to display his radiant glory.
stir up your might! Asaph wants God to show his mighty power.
NLT translation. Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.
Isaiah 50:4. The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, That I might know how to answer the weary a word that will waken them. Morning after morning he wakens my ear to hear as disciples do; (NAB translation)
LORD God of Hosts. That is, “LORD God of Heaven’s Armies.”
VERSE 5. You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure.
VERSE 6. You make us a source of contention to our neighbors. Our enemies laugh among themselves.
NAB translation: O Lord of hosts, restore us; let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
You brought a vine out of Egypt. The Hebrew people were like a grapevine that God brought out of Egypt.
and planted it. God transplanted the Hebrew people into the Promised Land.
It took deep root. That is, the “grapevine” of the Hebrew people took deep root.
VERSE 10. The mountains were covered with its shadow. Its boughs were like God’s cedars.
the sea. The Mediterranean Sea.
the River. The Euphrates River.
broken down its walls. A nation-state cannot exist without borders. And similarly, in our own lives, we need healthy boundaries.
VERSE 13. The boar out of the wood ravages it. The wild animals of the field feed on it.
VERSE 14. Turn again, we beg you, God of Hosts. Look down from heaven, and see, and visit this vine,
John 15:1. I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer.
right hand. The Bible often mentions “the right hand” of God. That is a position of power and honor. We believe it refers to Jesus Christ. More verses about the right hand.
VERSE 16. It’s burned with fire. It’s cut down. They perish at your rebuke.
NLT translation: For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies.
VERSE 17. Let your hand be on the man of your right hand, on the son of man whom you made strong for yourself.
the man of your right hand. This might be alluding to Jesus Christ.
the son of man. This too might be alluding to Jesus Christ.
VERSE 18. So we will not turn away from you. Revive us, and we will call on your name.
VERSE 19. Turn us again, LORD God of Hosts. Cause your face to shine, and we will be saved.
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