Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself. Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name. Restore us, O Lord God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. – Psalm 81:17-19

The text in bold is repeated three times in Psalm 81. When something is repeated three times (think “holy, holy, holy”), the Jewish context was that it was perfect, extremely significant. In this psalm, the author refers to the trials Israel has faced already and what is to come. The main theme is that the Lord’s favor is the only merit of salvation – unmerited, truly abundant grace.

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