The psalmist in his prayer complaineth of the miseries of the Church.
Psalms 80:1 Unto the end, for them that shall be changed, a testimony for Asaph, a psalm. Give ear, O thou that rulest Israel: thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep. Thou that sittest upon the cherubims, shine forth Psalms 80:2 Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses. Stir up thy might, and come to save us. Psalms 80:3 Convert us, O God: and shew us thy face, and we shall be saved. Psalms 80:4 O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy servant? Psalms 80:5 How long wilt thou feed us with the bread of tears: and give us for our drink tears in measure? Psalms 80:6 Thou hast made us to be a contradiction to our neighbours: and our enemies have scoffed at us. Psalms 80:7 O God of hosts, convert us: and shew thy face, and we shall be saved.
God's former favours are turned into judgments.
Psalms 80:8 Thou hast brought a vineyard out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the Gentiles and planted it. Psalms 80:9 Thou wast the guide of its journey in its sight: thou plantedst the roots thereof, and it filled the land. Psalms 80:10 The shadow of it covered the hills: and the branches thereof the cedars of God. Psalms 80:11 It stretched forth its branches unto the sea, and its boughs unto the river. Psalms 80:12 Why hast thou broken down the hedge thereof, so that all they who pass by the way do pluck it? Psalms 80:13 The boar out of the wood hath laid it waste: and a singular wild beast hath devoured it.
He prayeth for deliverance.
Psalms 80:14 Turn again, O God of hosts, look down from heaven, and see, and visit this vineyard: Psalms 80:15 And perfect the same which thy right hand hath planted: and upon the son of man whom thou hast confirmed for thyself. Psalms 80:16 Things set on fire and dug down shall perish at the rebuke of thy countenance. Psalms 80:17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand: and upon the son of man whom thou hast confirmed for thyself. Psalms 80:18 And we depart not from thee, thou shalt quicken us: and we will call upon thy name. Psalms 80:19 O Lord God of hosts, convert us and shew thy face, and we shall be saved.