Tuesday 12 June, 2018

Psalm 85

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. 1 You, Lord, showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2 You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. 3 You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger. 4 Restore us again, God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us. 5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations? 6 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? 7 Show us your unfailing love, Lord, and grant us your salvation. 8 I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. 10 Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. 12 The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. 13 Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.

Verse 10, Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!

My observation of this passage is how incredible our God is. The fact that he is holy and without sin yet willing to love. The kind of love he has is unfailing and we know the truth – we don’t deserve it. But God! Even though the truth of our reality isn’t great, we have unfailing love and can live and breathe in that because love has conquered.

The next part says righteousness and peace have kissed. The message translation says right living and whole living have come together. What I think is awesome is that God doesn’t want you to live one way without the other. We have peace because God is righteous and he has made us whole and right in his sight.

The passage is an amazing example of who God is and his promise to us. It is important to live in this promise – both right living and whole living. Knowing we have done wrong, we still receive and always will, unfailing love.

Thank you for the reminder of who you are, Lord. May I live in this truth today.

Written by Sophie Botta

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