Prayer that the Lord Will Restore Favor to the Land To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Lord, You have been favorable to Your land; You have brought back the captivity of Jacob. You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin. God is good all the time. If your not in it to win it with God then He sits back and says: WHY NOT? If you sinned and fallen short of God’s glory then get back up and do better. Thats all He asks. This is a prayer for revival and restoration of Israel. The psalmist thanks God for turning His anger away from His disobedient people and pardoning their sins. Psalm 85 teaches that God’s grace is greater than our sin and that He would bring peace to Israel through His righteousness, peace, faithfulness, and love coming together. This psalm is a community lament that expresses faith that God will save them. The ultimate fulfillment of love and faithfulness “meeting together” and of righteousness and peace “kissing” is found in Jesus Christ’s work to reconcile the world to God Amen.
It reads in Psalm 85:1-13 NIV:
{For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.}
You, Lord, showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger. Restore us again, God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us. Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations? Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, Lord, and grant us your salvation. I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants, but let them not turn to folly. Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. 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.