Tommy Hit Me

O God of hosts, turn again now, we beseech You;
Look down from heaven and see, and take care of this vine,
Psalms 80:14

As a young child you may have said to your parents something like, “Tommy hit me” to gain their attention and help. Justice was not your concern, but a call for help is what you wanted. This is the type of call this verse expresses. It is a blanket call for help without regard to one’s own involvement in the cause of the plight. You may have been entitled to that hit, but that’s not what is on your mind. We may act like a child, but we do well to keep in mind that we stand before our Creator and Judge. In His presence, even if He is there to help, do you want to have guilt?

And consider the root of this vine as winter approaches. If not for the roots, what hope is there for this plant?

What is the condition of your spiritual roots? Can you endure a cold season?

The following is taken directly from The Treasury of David by Spurgeon.

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EXPOSITION

Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts.

Turn thyself to us as well as us to thee. Thou hast gone from us because of our sins, come back to us, for we sigh and cry after thee. Or, if it be too much to ask thee to come then do at least give us some consideration and cast an eye upon our griefs.

Look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine.

Do not close thine eyes; it is thy vine, do not utterly turn away from it as though it were quite gone from thy mind. Great Husbandman, at least note the mischief which the beasts have done, for then it may be thy heart will pity, and thy hand will be outstretched to deliver.

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS

Look down from heaven, and behold.

This prayer is fit for none but the truly contrite, and those who are in heart returning. Otherwise, with what conscience could we entreat God to look down from heaven and behold our affairs? Should we not inflame his anger all the more, if, besides living in sin, we dared to challenge the all holy eyes of God to behold from heaven our wickedness? — Musculus.

Look down from heaven.

Thou hast gone far from us, thou hast ascended to heaven. Thou hast departed from us, look down at least upon us from heaven, if thou art not willing to descend to earth, if our sins do not merit this. — Savonarola.

Visit this vine.

Still it has roots, still some branches are living. In the beginning of the world it began, and never has failed, and never will. For thou hast said, Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. It may be diminished, it can never utterly fall. This vine is the vine which thou hast planted. There is one spirit, one faith, one baptism, one God, and Lord of all, who is all in all. Visit, then, this vine, for thy visitation preserves her spirit; visit by thy grace, by thy presence, by thy Holy Spirit. Visit with thy rod, and with thy staff; for thy rod and thy staff comfort her. Visit with thy scourge that she may be chastened and purified, for the time of pruning comes. Cast out the stones, gather up the dry branches, and bind them in bundles for burning. Raise her up, cut off the superfluous shoots, make fast her supports, enrich the soil, build up the fence, and visit this vine, as now thou visitest the earth and watereth it. — Savonarola.

HINTS TO THE VILLAGE PREACHER

Ver. 8-15. Parallel between the Church and a vine.

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