Tag: righteousness from heaven
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!