Psalm 85 A Psalm by the sons of Korah
1 Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.
2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.
3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
It is commonly thought that this song was written after the people returned from captivity in Babylon. The wording seems to indicate that the people are back in the land. It is a time of rejoicing but also of questioning. The writer thanks God for being favorable to the people. He acknowledges that God has forgiven their iniquity and has covered their sin. What a wonderful place to be. To know that God has forgiven us and covered our sin. If we are in Christ this statement is true. It’s a great feeling to know that your sins are forgiven and they’re covered by the blood of the Lamb. I remember the day so vividly when I accepted Christ as Savior. I had a physical experience! I broke into a cold sweat from the inside out as I prayed the sinner’s prayer in my friends trailer home. When I got done praying, I was soaking wet. I knew that God had done something in me. It’s amazing how God can come in and change your soul just like that. I am so glad that he forgave me and covered my sins.
4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.
5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?
6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
7 Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.
We saw these words not too long ago – the writer asks God to turn them. So often we need to turn around to get the blessing of God. I need to make sure I’m facing Him instead of walking away. Sometimes God needs to turn us by getting our attention. I remember my kids when they were little. I could speak to them in my regular voice and they would hardly hear me. So, I would have to raise my voice a considerable amount in order to make sure they heard me. When I did that they would turn and look at me and say “Okay Dad” or they go running to their room crying because I hurt their feelings. They always thought I was mad at them, but I wasn’t really mad.
8 I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Are you ready to hear what God has to say? Are your ears open and do you take time to listen during your prayer time? Do you stay still long enough to hear His still small voice speaking to you? It’s so important that we hear what the Lord says. Here the writer says that He will speak peace. They have been in captivity for a long time and peace is what they need. What do you need in your life today. Allow God to speak it to you.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.
The author looks again to truth and righteousness coming down. He knows that if these things are evident that the Lord will give what is good, and the land will once again yield her increase. Remember this psalm was written when they returned from captivity. The land may have been desolate if nobody had taken care of it for the 70 years they were in Babylon. Now they had to rework the land and plant the crops once again. But they believed that the land would yield increase if truth and righteousness prevailed among the people. I believe that if we walk in righteousness, we will yield souls unto the Kingdom of God. That is our mission. Save the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s be about doing what is right! Preaching the truth in love and spreading peace and mercy throughout the land ao that God may be glorified