Tag: Psalms 84-89

Our kissing Brother!

Scripture reading for June 20th: Psalms 84-89

“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.” Psalms 85:10-13

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 sins 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)  If God’s people met the requirements of repentance and faith, God would act again to bring the desired revival!

The psalmist asked God boldly to restore and revive the people of God again!  The psalmist asked God if He planed on staying angry forever?  What a bold question from an elder who desired restoration for his children and grandchildren!  He asked that God show His unfailing love and salvation to them, reminding God of His covenant love.

The psalmist was willing to wait and listen for God’s answer.  He 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 of God.  True repentance is a turning away from sin and facing  God and His ways.  When we truly repent, we draw near to God and He draws 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.  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 that love to a lost world!  Righteousness and peace kissed each other in the Son of God!   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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Kissing cousins!

Scripture reading for June 20th: Psalms 84-89

“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.” Psalms 85:10-13

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 sins 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. (Psalm85:1-3)  If God’s people met the requirements of repentance and faith, God would act again to bring the desired restoration!

The psalmist asked God boldly to restore and revive the people of God again!  We must ask the Lord for what we want and need.  The psalmist, an elder who was thinking of his children and grandchildren,  asked God if He planned on staying angry forever?   He asked that God show His unfailing love and salvation to them.

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 his people would not return to their folly that brought God’s judgment.  True repentance is a turning away from sin and facing  God.  When we truly repent, we draw near to God and God 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.  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 that 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!  We can find peace like the world cannot give and righteousness with God through Him alone.  He is our “kissing” brother!

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“Born in Zion”

Scripture reading for June 21st: Psalms 84-89

Mt. Zion was the name given to the holy hill chosen for the temple of God in Jerusalem.  God Himself chose that location to place His Temple and to enthrone His earthly dwelling place.  Mt. Zion in the natural setting is not much as far as a mountain goes.  It is only about 2600 feet in elevation and is surrounded by a small valley.  It was the dwelling place of the ancient Jebusites, whom King David defeated to make Jerusalem, the city of David. Solomon actually built the temple of God there after the passing of David, his father.

What made Mt. Zion special was the God who chose to dwell there.  The Lord loved the gates of Zion!  (Psalm 87:1-2)  He established Zion as His dwelling place.  He chose to set up His throne there.  He is the high and exalted One who is over all the universe!  He has plans for Zion that include His millennial reign for a thousand years and an eternal throne.  He also has a register of the citizens of Zion and it is a requirement of citizenship to be recorded as “born in Zion”.  (Psalm 87:4-6)  The Lord Himself is said to write down this record of being born in Zion.

When Jesus Christ came preaching repentance and the the kingdom of heaven, He was confronted by a Pharisee named Nicodemus.   Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be “born again” to enter the kingdom of heaven.  (John 3:1-8)  When we are “born again”, our names are written the “Lamb’s Book of Life”.  (Revelation 21:26-27)  These verses tell of the entry of those with this record into the holy city.  Being born again into eternal life is recorded by God himself.  Without this record, we may not enter this eternal holy kingdom!

Those who are “born again” by faith in Jesus Christ, have a joy and peace imparted to them.  They love to worship their “Life-giver” and King.  “The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.”  As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in You.” (Psalm 87:6-7)  From Zion’s Throne flows the “river of Life” that will refresh God’s people forever and ever!  (Revelation 22:1-4)

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Kissing cousins!

Scripture reading for June 20th: Psalms 84-89

“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.” Psalms 85:10-13

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 sins 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. (Psalm85:1-3)  God had restored Israel before and one thing known about God was that He was not a respecter of persons.  If God’s people met the requirements of repentance and faith, God would act again to bring the desired revival!

The psalmist asked God boldly to restore and revive the people of God again!  We must ask the Lord for what we want and need.  The psalmist asks God if He plans on staying angry forever, through all generations.  What a bold question from an elder who desires restoration for his children and grandchildren!  He asked that God show His unfailing love and salvation to them, reminding God of His covenant love that was never to fail.

The psalmist then states his patience to wait and listen for God’s answer.  He again remembers God’s promises of peace to His people. (Psalm 85:8)  He prays 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 facing  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.  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 that 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!  We can find peace like the world cannot give and righteousness with God through Him alone!

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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