Psa 85: Calling on the Lord for Restoration
the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
Comments: Again this psalm shows us something often
seen in the psalms – requests of God supported by confidence in
His goodness. Initially the psalmist looks back, reminding the
Lord what He has done for His people [v.1-3] in establishing His
relationship with them. He then goes on to make a number of requests
[v.4-7]. v.4a & 7 are the basic requests and the others verses
pleas to put aside His anger so the other two things can come
about. In Part 2 he goes on to enumerate the various things God
brings and the way they interact with one another.
Reminders of what the Lord had done
He looked with fresh favour on them
showed favour to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
He dealt with their sins
forgave the iniquity of your people
and covered all their sins.
He put aside His anger for their past sins
set aside all your wrath
and turned from your fierce anger.
Requests of the Lord
A general request to restore them
us again, God our Saviour,
and put away your displeasure towards
A request not to let His past anger blight their future
you be angry with us for ever?
Will you prolong your
anger through all generations?
Instead will He not restore them to Him, for them to joy in Him
you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
An appeal to His love to bring salvation
us your unfailing love, Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
Peace & Salvation Promised
The Promise of Peace
will listen to what God the Lord
promises peace to his people, his faithful
but let them not turn to folly.
The promise of salvation
his salvation is near those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
The Expressions of that Salvation
Love, faithfulness, righteousness, peace, the fruits of God's
and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace
kiss each other.
His unswerving reliability on the earth, righteousness coming
springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness looks
down from heaven.
The Outworking of that Salvation
God's blessing will bring goodness and fruitfulness
indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
His Right preparations pave the way for Him to come
goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.
Comments: Verses 1-3 are about mercy of God that has
been expressed to Israel in forgiving their failures. Verses 4
& 7 are the ‘bookend requests' that can only come about if
the Lord gives positive responses to verses 5 & 6. Having
laid out these requests, the psalmist declares how he expects
the Lord to bring that salvation when His people are faithful
and respectful of the Lord [v.8,9] and then the characteristics
that he expects to come with that salvation [v.10,11) and how
he expects it to be worked out [v.12,13] Each part brings much
fuel for further meditation.]
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