Psalm 85 is a beautiful psalm that ends with a picture of future hope.
The psalm starts by remembering God’s former mercies.
“LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. Selah You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.”Psalm 85:1-3
The psalmist then asks God to remember his people.
“Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.”Psalm 85:4-7
He then ends with beautiful words that sing of hope, peace, and joy.
“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. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky. Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.”Psalm 85:8-13
Remember that God is full of love and mercy, and there is a future hope in him. Keep your eyes focused on him, and he will bring you peace and salvation. There is nothing better.
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