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Every Sunday A Psalms: Take Away Our Reproach

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Psalms 80:1-19 KJV
(1) To the chief Musician upon Shoshannimeduth, A Psalm of Asaph. Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.
(2) Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.
(3) Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
(4) O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?
(5) Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.
(6) Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.
(7) Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
(8) Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.
(9) Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land.
(10) The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars.
(11) She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.
(12) Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her?
(13) The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.
(14) Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;
(15) And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.
(16) It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.
(17) Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.
(18) So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.
(19) Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Godís blessings had left Israel from her former youth. Israel had grown up as a tender plant before God and yet it seemed to have grown some rotten fruit from its branches that produce even more rotten fruit. God was not pleased with Israel and so it sent Israel into exile to learn about her neighbors. In order to have a deeper faith in God, One should learn about repentance and remission of sin. Yet the present Israel was at the place that Godís rejection was great upon her. Repentance had to come to Israel that had turned away from God. Not all of Israel lack faith but enough that it cause Israel exile. Sin can cause oneís exile faster then anything else in this world. To be exiled from friends, and family, one feels the sting of loneliness, abandonment, and perhaps confusion for why they are being punished. Why the world has changed around them, and they no longer have power and strength to defeat their enemies as they once did. The rejection of God was upon them and they knew there was sin somewhere in their ranks.

No matter how much you want Godís blessings in your life, you cannot produce them to be in your life by living in sin. Godís blessings only last for a season while living in sin; the price of living in sin is to have the reproach of God on your life. One cannot live in sin, and remain in the blessings and will of God. If you only one person of faith and the world run you is in sin, then your nation is not going stand but you will, just not without sorrow and pain of exile from living in a ďgodly countryď. Why is godly country in quotes, simple because Israel was consider Jehovah land and people. A people whose faith ruled their country and helped defeat the enemies of their land and ruled with love and compassion even for their neighbor.

Israel is a land of promise that was broken down by the enemy because of sin. Yet there were those that still had faith in God and wonder how long before they could return to Israel. How many tears would have to be pour before their sin would be covered up and blotted out by God. When would God forgive their sin? Forgiveness comes instantly upon repentance or turning away from sin, yet Godís people had to learn once more about faith, love and who God was before they could return to Israel. Even when Israel was returned they were not under their own rule beyond the temple.

God had removed his protection or hedging around their nation. The walls Israel had built came tumbling down. To build wall around America would take a deeper faith in God by our nation and not only its leaders but also the people who remain from all the devastation it has to face in the past ten years. Our own nation when God is not covering our nation, it is as vulnerable as Israel, though we have power beyond our neighborís power. Our nation is as great when God is leading her people, and those in our country cry out to God when our government is in crisis. Only when our nation is at peace and we cry out for godly choices to be made. When talking about human rights we have to give it to all, but it does not mean we agree with all life styles. It is the humanitarian love that has to be taught to both believers and none believers. Yet those in Christ should have advantage but not always.

Human nature to follow God is not enough to do the will of God. We need Godís power in our life by his Spirit, helping us on life road. God spoke to man and man spoke back to God. Yet communications lines have always been open with God saying follow my commands. God saying there is reason I say follow my ways; the other path leads to destruction. You want it your way; go ahead we see how far it gets you. Truth is Godís hedging will not be around the country that continues to enjoy sin more then the ways of God.

Godís face is no longer shining on Israel because of sin, but He was still there, hearing his people and sending instruction through His prophets. God did not stop helping the faithful, but did not remove them from the sad state of their nation. America backbone is stronger then ever, but by the will of man and not always the will of God.

What makes a nation great or small has to do with Godís willing to allowing it to rise up and remain. What made America great is the idea of freedom under God. The removal of things concerning God from our nation is only glimmer of the hearts of our nation that would permits it. Yet our nation was designed to stand when the hearts and minds of the people are not toward God under the foundation and principals that were designed for it to govern itself by. This was the hope of our forefathers with the declaration of freedom of faith.

Godís power to turn our nation can be seen with the power of prayer. The warning signs of danger approaches when our economy rises and falls. Yet our laws intact will allow our nation become thoughtless of otherís rights. Israel governed itself much like we do in regards to human rights. Yet evil nations did rise up and take power from Israel. Those nations enslaved Godís people. Yet God sent his only begotten Son to redeem His people from their sins and also from the world around them, not through death but through eternal life and His return to our world in human form as our Savior. All eyes will see Jesus and every knee will bow. Yet until that day comes the Father sent the comforter of His Spirit to guide His people, and to instruct us. He did not leave us comfortless, but gave us the ability to be overcomers in this world.

Israel was destroyed in 70 AD almost 40 years after Jesus left this earth when He ascend into heaven. Israel was restored in 1945. Currently, Islam is in control of the temple and that has been in past ten years or less. Godís restoration plan came through Christ Jesus. A day is coming when Christ returns with the New Jerusalem. Both God and Christ will illuminate the New Jerusalem. Godís face will shine on His people. God will restore his lost children to Him through His Son/Word.

Dear Heavenly Father let us not see the believer without hope, despite our nation own backsliding. Let us know the hope of your Savior and instruction of your Spirit in our hearts and minds today. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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