“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might,
and come to save us!
Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.” (Psalms 80:1-3)
In the scripture from the daily “Sip of Scripture” we read from I Kings chapter 8 where King Solomon is dedicating the temple. He is asking for God hear and heed the prayers of the Lord’s people. And the psalmist also asks that God her the cries of the Israelite followers of God. That it is King David – the father of King Solomon – who it is assumed is the psalmist, is just one example of scriptural symmetry.
So close to the Christmas event, the birth of Christ, our waiting has reached a fevered pitch. We are in need of a Savior, as much as the Jews were at the time of Christ’s birth. So much had gone wrong, and God’s people had gone astray or had been lead astray – again.
We may well join with our spiritual ancestors from the close past to the farthest distant past; “Hear us! Heed us! Come to us! Restore us!
Through the birth of your Son,
Who was, is and ever will be our Lord and Redeemer
Let your face shine upon us
As the star of Bethlehem shone down on his birth place!