Monday, May 18, 2009

A cry for mercy

Psalm 80:14-19
14 Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
     Look down from heaven and see our plight.
     Take care of this grapevine
15 that you yourself have planted,
     this son you have raised for yourself.
16 For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies.
     May they perish at the sight of your frown.
17 Strengthen the man you love, the son of your choice.
18 Then we will never abandon you again.
     Revive us so we can call on your name once more.
19 Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
     Make your face shine down upon us.
     Only then will we be saved.

What have you done with your grapevine? Have you yielded to God's direction? Are you crying out for mercy?

I love the way Matthew Henry states it:
The Messiah, the Protector and Saviour of the church, is the Man of God's right hand; he is the Arm of the Lord, for all power is given to him. In him is our strength, by which we are enabled to persevere to the end. The vine, therefore, cannot be ruined, nor can any fruitful branch perish; but the unfruitful will be cut off and cast into the fire. The end of our redemption is, that we should serve Him who hath redeemed us, and not go back to our old sins.

Are you serving Him who redeemed you? Or, have you chosen to go back to your old ways? Allow God to be your vine dresser.