Psalms 80: God Is Involved
Psalms 80 might not be the most uplifting chapter, but there is a beautiful piece of imagery right in the middle regarding God as a master gardener.
Psa 80:8 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.
Psa 80:9 Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land.
Psa 80:10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars.
Psa 80:11 She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.
I am personally not a gardener myself, but I know enough about gardening to know that plants don’t just happen to plant themselves in your garden. Sure, I guess it is possible that a few random seeds might blow into your garden patch from the surrounding plants and trees, but I do not know anyone who creates a garden like that.
Gardening is a deliberate process. You prepare the soil. You plant the certain types of plants that you want in the spots where you want them, and then you care for them as they are hopefully thriving and producing.
That is kind of how God treated the nation of Israel, and I think it is fair to say that we can also extend this metaphor to how God treats individual people.
The apostle Paul had a similar type of gardening metaphor for our Christian walk.
1Co 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
1Co 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
God is the one behind the growth. Just like we heard about Israel, God was the one who made it work. I think that is how we need to keep perspective every day. It provides a very good picture of a God who is involved in a detailed way in the world that we live in.