Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
To the chief Musician upon ShoshannimEduth, A Psalm of Asaph. Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.Psalm 80
Looking to Heaven for Help Through the Man at His Right Hand
1. Calling to the Shepherd (Psalm 80:1-4)
2. The ruin of His inheritance (Psalm 80:5-16)
3. The Man of the right hand (Psalm 80:17-19)
This Psalm continues the same theme. They call now definitely to the Shepherd, He who is enthroned in glory between the Cherubim. They ask Him to “shine forth,” to manifest Himself in glory and power for their salvation, to answer their cries for help. Three times they plead, “Turn us again, O God, and cause Thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.” Ancient Jewish comments on this verse say that the face which shines upon Israel is the Messiah. Even so when His face shines, when He is manifested in glory His earthly people will be saved. And they know Him. They speak of Him as “the Man of Thy right hand,” as “the Son of Man whom Thou madest strong for Thyself.” It is our Lord who sits at the right hand of God, waiting till His enemies are made the footstool of His feet (Psalm 110:1-7). Criticism refuses to accept this. They say, “Of course Israel is meant” (Century Bible on the Psalms, p. 88).