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.
Their Pursuit vv. 7-8
Last week, we left off with the first part of verse 8. Today I hope to finish Psalm 85.
Continuing in the later portion of verse 8 we read, "but let them not turn back to folly."
According to this verse, there is a condition to having peace. It's not turning back to "folly."
I won't take the time in our devotion to delve into it, but I challenge you to read the book of Judges. Time and time again, Israel fell back into "folly" when God delivered them from their sin. In fact, God used seven different nations to chastise Israel. They would repent, God would restore, and they would relapse back into idolatry again. The cycle would repeat.
That should not be the way of the Christian. Please don't misunderstand me; I know we will not be perfect this side of heaven. However, I do believe that we are called to a higher level as Christians.
That higher level is simply a yielding to the Holy Spirit.
In Romans 6 we read:
1 "What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?" 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." Romans 6:1-4 (ESV)
How does this happen?
"But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh." Galatians 5:16 (ESV)
And when we are led by the Spirit, we will be sensitive to sin. When we do sin, we are assured that "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9 (ESV)
Well I did it again—went too long. Yet I hope I've brought both comfort and a challenge today.
I will attempt to finish next week. Pinky Promise!
Blessings on Your Journey,