Psalm 85

Speak peace; mercy and truth have met.
This psalm is ordinary except for the last verses in which we see beautiful personifications.
 1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.>> 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.
   1 - Brought back captivity of Jacob Jacob (renamed Israel) took his family to Egypt where they became slaves.
   2 - Forgiven Made possible by faith in the Lamb who would be slain at Calvary.
  2 - Selah Rabbi Kimchi considers this word to be an indication to raise the voice. Others see it as a musical note or silence.(Treas. of David).
  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.
  5 - Draw out That is, "prolong" ps03610.
 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.
   8 - Speak peace mt1128.
10  Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
 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.
   10 - Mercy and truth Attributes that filled Christ while on earth. They were joined in Him. What a beautiful picture is painted, a portrait of our magnificent Lord and Saviour! See ps02510, ps04010, is3217.
We must not think of God only as a judge ready to pronounce sentence against us. He hates sin; but from love to sinners He gave Himself, in the person of Christ, that all who would might be saved and have eternal blessedness in the kingdom of glory. The Lord Himself declares His character that Satan has malignantly set in a false light. He has revealed Himself as "The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin." What stronger or more tender language could have been employed than He has chosen in which to express His love toward us? He declares: "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee." ( Tesitmonies, p. 633).
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