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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 85: Calling on the Lord for Restoration

    

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

   

[Preliminary 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.

 

v.1-3: Reminders of what the Lord had done

 

v.1 He looked with fresh favour on them

v.1 You, Lord, showed favour to your land;
     you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
     

v.2 He dealt with their sins

v.2  You forgave the iniquity of your people
     and covered all their sins.
    

v.3 He put aside His anger for their past sins

v.3  You set aside all your wrath
     and turned from your fierce anger.

  

v.4-8 Requests of the Lord

 

v.4 A general request to restore them

v.4  Restore us again, God our Saviour,
     and put away your displeasure towards us.
    

v.5 A request not to let His past anger blight their future

v.5  Will you be angry with us for ever?
     Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
     

v.6 Instead will He not restore them to Him, for them to joy in Him

v.6  Will you not revive us again,
     that your people may rejoice in you?
    

v.8 An appeal to His love to bring salvation

v.7  Show us your unfailing love, Lord,
     and grant us your salvation.

 

v.8,9: Peace & Salvation Promised

  

v.8 The Promise of Peace
v.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.
      

v.9 The promise of salvation

v.9  Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
     that his glory may dwell in our land.

 

v.10,11: The Expressions of that Salvation

 

v.10 Love, faithfulness, righteousness, peace, the fruits of God's presence

v.10 Love and faithfulness meet together;
     righteousness and peace kiss each other.
    

v.11 His unswerving reliability on the earth, righteousness coming from heaven

v.11  Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
     and righteousness looks down from heaven.
     

v.12,13: The Outworking of that Salvation

   

v.12 God's blessing will bring goodness and fruitfulness

v.12  The Lord will indeed give what is good,
     and our land will yield its harvest.
     

v.13 His Right preparations pave the way for Him to come

v.13  Righteousness goes before him
     and prepares the way for his steps.

 

 

[Additional 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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