“Kissing cousins”

Scripture reading for June 19: Psalms 84-89

Psalm 85:10-13 “Love and faithfulness meet together, righteousness and peace kiss each other.  Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.  The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.  Righteousness goes before Him and prepares the way for His steps.”

Psalm 85 is a prayer by the sons of Korah for revival after a time of judgment.  God’s people had gotten into trouble because of sin and God had shown his displeasure towards them in some obvious manner.  The psalmist began by reminding God of His past restoration of His people. (Psalm 85:1-3) God was not a respecter of persons.  If God’s people met the requirements of repentance and faith, God would again act to bring the desired revival!

The psalmist boldly asked God to restore and revive the people of God!  The psalmist appealed to God: Would God stay angry forever, through all generations?  He asked God to show His unfailing love and salvation to them, reminding God of His covenant love that was never to fail.

The psalmist then stated his patience to wait and listen for God’s answer.  He again remembered God’s promises of peace to His people. (Psalm 85:8)  He prayed that God’s people would not return to their folly that brought the judgment and wrath of their God.  True repentance is a turning away from sin and embracing God and His ways.  When we truly repent, we draw near to God and He promises to draw near to us!  A broken and contrite heart He will not despise! (Psalm 51:17)

This psalm concludes with a beautiful picture of God’s character traits kissing each other!  Love and faithfulness go together.  True lovers never abandon one another!  Righteousness and peace kiss each other!  True peace can only come through righteousness, and there is no peace for the wicked!  On a different level, these traits did spring forth from the earth in the person of the Son of God, Jesus Christ!  God’s love and covenant faithfulness caused Him to send forth His only Son to demonstrate His love to a lost world!  Righteousness and peace kissed each other in the Son of God!  He was and is the prince of peace because of His truly righteous life! 

God did give us what was good for us in Jesus Christ!  He is our “kissing” brother!  May you enjoy the full harvest from your land as you walk in faithfulness and love, enjoying righteousness and peace!

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