Psalm 85: 7-9 “Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation. 8 I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land” (KJV).
Thanks be to the God of mercy and love. How do we respond to God’s salvation? Do we listen for God’s voice? Or, do our own desires speak words that come from within, rather than from above?
God promises peace. Yet, in verse 8, the psalmist warns against folly. I find it troubling that some versions leave that warning out. Either way verse 9 reminds us that salvation is close at hand for those to fear God. This is not dread for a God of wrath, but reverential respect for the Holy. Mercy and salvation are ours.
Will we hear God’s words of peace? Will we receive God’s salvation? Will we revere God and live our lives accordingly? May it be so.