Scripture: Psalm 85
Key verses: (10-13)
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him,
and will make a path for his steps.
Reflection: Some of the Psalms express the people’s lament over things that have gone wrong. They lament the lack of beneficent leadership, the reversal of good fortune, oppression at the hands of evil forces, and the apparent loss of hope.
Psalm 85 is one such psalm that seems to be set at a time when God’s people were lamenting the need to rebuild the Jewish Temple after its destruction at the hands of the Babylonians. Even though there was much to lament, the psalmist ends his hymn on a magnificent affirmation of God’s sovereign love and care.
“Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.”
Into the midst of human yearnings and longings comes the promise that God will lavish upon us steadfast love, faithfulness, righteousness, and peace. God will not only bring such things into our needy lives but will powerfully connect and bond them, transforming evil into good and lament into praise.
That’s the kind of God we worship. That’s the future God has in store – where steadfast love and faithfulness will meet and righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord.
Prayer: You transform lament into praise, O Lord. Give us courage not only to appreciate your transforming work, but also the resolve to join you in making it happen. We give you thanks and praise. Amen.
Author: Von Clemans
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].