1 LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. Selah
3 You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.
4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us!
5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.
9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12 Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.
What's Your Song?
Last time we looked briefly at verses 1 through 6:
Their Praise vv. 1-3
Their Petition vv. 4-6
Today we are going to look at this Psalm and touch on the next two verses 7 and 8 as we seek to understand the need for revival. Let's begin, then, looking at:
Their Pursuit vv. 7-8
"Show us your steadfast love,"
The KJV says, "Show us thy mercy." Listen to the words of Barton Bouchier who was known as a religions writer in 18th century England:
" ‘Thy Mercy.’ It is not merely of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, but all is mercy, from first to last, - mercy that met us by the way, - mercy that looked upon us in our misery, - mercy that washed us from our sins in his own blood, - mercy that covered our nakedness and clad us in his own robe of righteousness, - mercy that led and guided us by the way, - and mercy that will never leave nor forsake us till mercy has wrought its perfect work in the eternal salvation of our souls through Jesus Christ."
Need I say more? Yes! “Thank you LORD for your Mercy (KJV) endures forever.” (Psalm 136)
Verse 8 seems to suggest in its opening declaration, "Let me hear,” that the writer – who is also the worship leader – stands before the congregation and announces, "It's time now for us to be silent before God, to block out all the noise of life, and to listen to the message He has for us as His people."
What's that your saying Lord?
The writer lets us know.
It's something we long for, and it doesn't matter our position in life...PEACE!
"For he will speak peace to his people, to his saints."
Peace. The world is clamoring for it. It even goes to war to try and bring peace; talk about an oxymoron! We all long for it in our lives, even the children of God.
As believers we are not immune to trials and tragedies. Jesus told us in John 16:33, "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. BUT take heart; I have overcome the world."
Just as the psalmist in our reading today knows where his peace comes from, we, too, as believers living in the New Testament era, also know from where our true peace comes. It comes from Jesus!
Today, as you face the week ahead, know that you too can have peace as a child of God, even in the tribulation or trial that may come your way.
More next time...
Blessings on your Journey,