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Psalms, chapter 80


Reflect God’s love in our lives.Witness and represent the love we have received through Jesus.

Our Bible reading for today is from Psalms 80, the verse of reference in  is: 

 “Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.” (Psalms 80:7 NIV).

Challenge:

Being restored to reflect the face of God.

Historical commentary. – THE Psalm 80, was written in a time of great national distress, it is a prayer to God asking to renew His grace to His people. The date of the origin of this psalm could be narrowed down through the mention of names such as Joseph, Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh in verses 1 and 2. These were tribes in central Israel, the Northern Kingdom, and are tribes of the sons of Rachel, so it is suggested that it was written near the end of the Northern Kingdom, shortly before 722. BC when the Assyrians were looting their country. Although the Psalm suggests a specific usage, it  was used on many occasions and is suitable for all times, even today.

Restore us. – “At first, man was created in the likeness of God, not only in character but also in form, shape and appearance. Sin almost completely wiped out the divine image; But Christ came to restore what had been lost. He will change our vile bodies and fashion them like unto his glorious body and image. The mortal, corruptible form, devoid of comeliness, once polluted by sin, will become perfect, beautiful and immortal. All blemishes and deformities will stay in the grave “CI 103.

Let your face shine on us. – Today, we can accept the challenge to let the face of God be reflected through our actions: 
1) Demonstrate unconditional love to all family members, 
2) Greet people warmly saying, “May God give you a great day”, 
3) Predisposing our spirit to help anyone who needs help, 
4) Pray that you may be able to perceive when people are going through difficulties, 
5) Witnessing the restoring work of God; 
6) Smiling, is the best medicine that we can use for ourselves and those around us. 

Prayer 

Our Father, we invoke your holy name that you may hear our prayers. We pray to be freed from doubt, and freed from temptation. We honor you, we praise you and we thank you for your abundant blessings. In the name of Jesus, amen.

By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo Rios
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