Today’s Summer in the Psalms passage is Psalm 80. You can read Psalm 80 here.

There’s something about repetition that is soothing to me. I definitely choose to live my life in a rhythm of every morning NPR, scrambled eggs, coffee, and journal. As a kid, every night my parents would come and say “blessing and prayer.” Their words were such a comfort to me that it was hard to go to sleep without that rhythm to end the day.

The blessing my parents would say actually ties into today’s psalm. Back in the day when God was laying out the ways to be an Israelite (specifically in Numbers 6), the Lord spoke to Moses and told him the way in which the priests were to bless the people.

“Say to them: May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord life up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:23-26)

As I was reading through today’s psalm, my first thought went back to this blessing. “O God, restore us and cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.” Three times in this psalm does the writer hearken back to this ancient blessing, giving nod to the tradition – maybe also reminding God and the reader of his promise.

From the story told through Psalm 80, we can gather that the people aren’t really in the prime of their lives. They feel God is a bit distant and that maybe He doesn’t care as much as He once did – the vineyard of Israel is getting picked over by whoever wants some grapes. The psalmist implores God to revive this vineyard, this people, and their return will be sure.

Cause your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.

It’s as if the writer is sneaking in there a “Hey guys, remember how God has done so much for us as his chosen people. Remember the days of old.” That’s where my mind goes. Hearing these words reminds me of the security I felt and the safety of living in the goodness of the Lord (and tucked into bed as a child). This recollection would not be a real thing for me if the rhythm of repetition hadn’t been part of my upbringing.

Like the Israelites, I need to be reminded of the goodness of God and of his promises and provisions, in new ways and small ways.

Today, may the Lord look upon you with his smiling face of blessing and restore the hurts and broken pieces of your heart.

Amen.

{If you have thoughts about this Psalm or any of the others we’re covering this summer, hop on over to our Facebook group,  where we’re hoping to experience conversation and community around the Psalms this summer!}

Amy Lester is from McCook, NE by way of Colorado. She is starting her second year as a Graduate Assistant the the Undergraduate Programs Office and International Programs in the College of Business Administration  (yes, a mouthful). Amy has been involved in Campus Impact since 2008 when she first started coming with her sister as a freshman at UNL. She has been involved in a lot of things around here since then: worship team, small group leader, administrative assistant for the office, Real Time planning committee, LAMP team member and coordinator, College Worship Hour planning team, hospitality team coordinator, and currently she is a small group coach. This summer, Amy is looking forward to sitting by the pool, reading and napping in the sun – as well as spending a few weeks in the late summer in Valencia, Spain. You can reach Amy at amy.kay.lester@gmail.com.