The psalmist in his prayer complaineth of the miseries of the Church.
Psalms 80:1 To the Overseer.'On the Lilies.' A testimony of Asaph.A Psalm. Shepherd of Israel, give ear, Leading Joseph as a flock, Inhabiting the cherubsshine forth, Psalms 80:2 Before Ephraim, and Benjamin, and Manasseh, Wake up Thy might, and come for our salvation. Psalms 80:3 O God, cause us to turn back, And cause Thy face to shine, and we are saved. Psalms 80:4 Jehovah, God of Hosts, till when? Thou hast burned against the prayer of Thy people. Psalms 80:5 Thou hast caused them to eat bread of tears, And causest them to drink With tears a third time. Psalms 80:6 Thou makest us a strife to our neighbours, And our enemies mock at it. Psalms 80:7 God of Hosts, turn us back, And cause Thy face to shine, and we are saved.
God's former favours are turned into judgments.
Psalms 80:8 A vine out of Egypt Thou dost bring, Thou dost cast out nations, and plantest it. Psalms 80:9 Thou hast looked before it, and dost root it, And it filleth the land, Psalms 80:10 Covered have been hills [with] its shadow, And its boughs [are] cedars of God. Psalms 80:11 It sendeth forth its branches unto the sea, And unto the river its sucklings. Psalms 80:12 Why hast Thou broken down its hedges, And all passing by the way have plucked it? Psalms 80:13 A boar out of the forest doth waste it, And a wild beast of the fields consumeth it.
He prayeth for deliverance.
Psalms 80:14 God of Hosts, turn back, we beseech Thee, Look from heaven, and see, and inspect this vine, Psalms 80:15 And the root that Thy right hand planted, And the branch Thou madest strong for Thee, Psalms 80:16 Burnt with firecut down, From the rebuke of Thy face they perish. Psalms 80:17 Let Thy hand be on the man of Thy right hand, On the son of man Thou hast strengthened for Thyself. Psalms 80:18 And we do not go back from Thee, Thou dost revive us, and in Thy name we call. Psalms 80:19 O Jehovah, God of Hosts, turn us back, Cause Thy face to shine, and we are saved!