Turn Us Again, O God

Ps 80:3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. KJV

It is not so much said, “turn our captivity,” but “turn us.”

All will come right if we are right.

The best turn is not that of circumstances but of character.

When the Lord turns his people he will soon turn their condition.

It needs the Lord himself to do this, for conversion is as divine a work as creation; and those who have been once turned unto God, if they at any time backslide, as much need the Lord to turn them again as to turn them at the first. The word may be read, “restore us;” verily, it is a choice mercy that “he restoreth my soul.”

from The Treasury of David by Spurgeon

This request is made at least two more times in this Psalm (v7, v19) and then a plea for God to turn as well.

Ps 80:14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine; KJV

The whole Psalm, be it 2700+ years old, still makes for an appropriate prayer in our day. Such is the value of God’s Word over man’s word.

Return, we beseech the, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine.