Psalm 80 depicts a nation crying out to God to rescue them.
Throughout the psalm, God’s people Israel repeatedly referred to Him as LORD God of hosts saying, “restore us and cause your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.” The psalmist Asaph claimed that God had made them an object of contention to their neighbors and that their enemies were laughing among themselves. His psalm ended with, “Revive us and we will call upon your name. O LORD God of hosts, restore us; cause your face to shine upon us and we will be saved.”
Israel had real issues about obeying God’s commands—just as we do today. However, eventually, Israel would have the wisdom to cry out to God for help. They became weary of others making fun of them and realized the only way for the situation to change was for them to pray to the Lord God of hosts and ask Him to restore them to favor. In and of themselves, they knew they were powerless against their enemies.
Asaph’s psalm can easily be applied to our country today. We put God above everything else at the time the country was founded but have since drifted into sin. We no longer keep His commands. Rather, we look to man to lead the way, and not the LORD God of Heaven’s armies. We are not yet at the place that Israel was, but it’s beginning to look a lot like God has made us an object of contention to our neighbors and our enemies laugh among themselves. If the shoe fits…
Whether we have fully reached the point where we will cry out to God for help remains to be seen. It is the wise thing to do, not only as individuals but also as a nation. Only God can save us now, restore us and revive us! We need to call upon His name and ask as the psalmist did that God “cause your [His] face to shine upon us and we will be saved.”
Simply put, that is the solution: the only way to salvation, restoration and revival is to call upon Him.