Verse 7. "Turn us again, O God of hosts." The prayer rises in the form of its address to God. He is here the God of Hosts. The more we approach the Lord in prayer and contemplation the higher will our ideas of him become.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 7. "Turn us again, O God of hosts." See Psalms 80:3 and observe that there it was only, "Turn us again, O God," here "O God of hosts," and Ps 80:19, "O Lord God of hosts." As the bird by much waving gathers wind under the wing, and mounts higher, so does faith in prayer: viresque acquirit eundo. John Trapp.
Verse 7. Salvation may be certainly expected in God's order; and if we labour to be sure of our turning to God, and living in the sense of communion with him, we need not make question of salvation, for that shall follow infallibly on the former two. "Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved." The last is not put up by way of prayer here, but promised to themselves, and put out of question, that it shall follow; "Turn us, so shall we be saved," say they. David Dickson.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
Verse 7. Conversion, communion, confidence of salvation.