#176 Psalms 80-85


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Day 176 of the podcast, reading Psalms 80-85 NET, read along at:

This is day 176 of our journey.

Today we read 6 psalms of Asaph and Korah.

In Psalm 80, Asaph laments Israel's demise and asks the Lord to show favor toward his people, as he did in earlier times.

Asaph uses Psalm 81 to call God's people to assemble for a festival and then he proclaims God's message to them. The divinely inspired speech recalls how God delivered the people from Egypt, reminds Israel of their rebellious past, expresses God's desire for his people to obey him, and promises divine protection in exchange for their obedience.

In Psalm 82, Asaph pictures God standing in the "assembly of El" (the head of the Canaanite gods) where he accuses the gods of failing to promote justice on earth. God pronounces sentence upon them, announcing that they will die like men.

In Psalm 83, Asaph asks God to deliver Israel from the attacks of foreign nations. Recalling how God defeated Israel's enemies in the days of Deborah and Gideon, he prays that the hostile nations would be humiliated.

Psalm 84, written by the Korahites, expresses the desire to be in God's presence in the Jerusalem temple, for the Lord is the protector of his people.

In Psalm 85, God's people recall how he forgave their sins in the past and pray that he might now restore them to his favor. It is a prayer of faith that anticipates God's renewed blessings.

Join me in Psalms 80-85 and look forward to living in the presence of the Lord!

Key verses:

Psalms 80:14
O God of Heaven’s Armies, come back!Look down from heaven and take notice! Take care of this vine,

Psalms 81:13
If only my people would obey me! If only Israel would keep my commands!

Psalms 82:1
A psalm of Asaph. God stands in the assembly of El; in the midst of the gods he renders judgment.

Psalms 83:16
Cover their faces with shame, so they might seek you, O Lord.

Psalms 84:2
I desperately want to be in the courts of the Lord’s temple. My heart and my entire being shout for joy to the living God.

Psalms 85:2
You pardoned the wrongdoing of your people; you forgave all their sin. (Selah)

All Scriptures are from the NET.

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