Psalm 80 Outline
– The psalmist pleaded to God, who acted as a shepherd to the Israelites (Psalm 80:1-2)
– The psalmist pleaded for God’s restoration (Psalm 80:3)
– The psalmist pleaded God to relent from his anger (Psalm 80:4-6)
– The psalmist pleaded for God’s restoration for the second time (Psalm 80:7)
– God brought the Israelites out of Egypt (Psalm 80:8-11)
– God punished the Israelites by sending enemies to attack them (Psalm 80:12-15)
– The psalmist prayed for God to restore and revive the nation of Israel (Psalm 80:16-18)
– The psalmist pleaded for God’s restoration for the third time (Psalm 80:19)
Psalm 80 Summary
In Psalm 80:1-2, the psalmist, Asaph, pleaded God to hear the prayers of the Israelites and save them from their enemies. He described God as the shepherd of Israel, who lead Joseph, which represents the entire community of Israelites like a flock out of Egypt. God is enthroned in between the 2 cherbims on top of the lid of the ark.
In Psalm 80:3, the psalmist, Asaph, pleaded God to restore them and shine his face on them so that they can be saved from the enemies.
In Psalm 80:4-6, the psalmist, Asaph, asked God how long God will continue to be angry with the Israelites. God had already punished the Israelites for their disobedience by sending the enemies to attack and destroy their cities so that they are now an object of mockery to the neighboring naions.
In Psalm 80:7, the psalmist, Asaph, pleaded God to restore and save them once again.
In Psalm 80:8-11, a long time ago, God brought out the Israelites from Egypt them into the land of Canaan. God helped the Israelites to attack and root out the idolatrous nation of Canaan so that the Israelites can settle there. God’s presence was with the Israelites and he protected them during the time they obey his commandments.
In Psalm 80:12-15, later the Israelites rebelled against God by turning to idolatry and committed many crimes. This made God so angry that he sent the enemies to attack them and break down its fortress and destroy the whole city. Now, both Judah and Israel were destroyed and looked as an object of mockery to the enemies. The psalmist is begging God to restore them, like how he had planted them as a vine a long time ago when they first settled in the land.
In Psalm 80:16-18, God’s vine, which represents the Israelites nations, is being conquered and destroyed by the enemies. Now, the psalmist prayed for God to deliver them and revive them again.
In Psalm 80:19, the psalmist cried out to God for restoration and salvation on the nation of the Israelites for the third time.
Psalm 80 Bible Study
1. God is our shepherd
We should let God reign in all areas of our lives. If you let God take charge of your life, he will become your shepherd and guide you. God has a wonderful plan for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11). It is up to us to surrender our lives to God and let him guide us.
In Psalm 23:1-6, The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.