Today we consider a Psalm – Psalm 85. Read it slowly, with intention to listen for what God is saying to you.
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.
What word or phrase sticks out to you? What does it mean? Why might the Lord want you to remember that word or phrase today? Read the Psalm once more as a prayer from you to God.
O Lord, salvation history is full of testimony to your goodness. You have showed me favor. You have been kind to me, even when I didn’t deserve it. I pray that now you would restore me again. Give me faith, give me peace, give me power to carry out your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.