Wednesday, June 1, 2016

PSALM 85 continued
These are purdy words...

"I will hear what God the Lord will say;
For He will speak peace to His people,
to His godly ones;
But let them not turn back to folly.
Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land.
Lovingkindness and truth (faithfulness) have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth (faithfulness) springs from the earth;
(below us)
And righteousness looks down from heaven.
(above us)
Indeed, the Lord will give what is good;
(cupped in His hands)
And our land will yield it produce.
Righteousness will go before Him,
And make His footsteps into a way."
(verses 8-13)

Hmm.  I have marked this passage in my old tattered duct-taped pink Bible upon our 19th anniversary, July 1, 1992, "marriage counsel."  Now more than twice that in years married,
it still rings true.  After all, a good marriage is God's snapshot of what His faithfulness should look like, divine wedding pictures.  So, be still my beating heart!
"Compose thyself, O my soul!
I have spoken enough;
and now I will hear what God will speak,
and welcome His holy will."
(verse 8)
"But let them not turn again to folly." 
Let them not abuse the mercy of their God, by sinning any more against Him."
(Adam Clarke)

I also have written in my Bible in the passage of Revelation 21 where it speaks of the Bride of Christ and "Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God having the glory of God,"
a quote,
That's worth pondering.
Why would we want to return to folly to cling to the filthy rags, the tatters of this world when glory is promised?
"When trouble is nigh salvation is nigh,
for God is a very present help in time of trouble
to all who are His."
"That glory may dwell."
"That we may have the worship of God settled...
for that is the glory of a land.
When that goes, Ichabod--the glory has departed."
(Matthew Henry)

"The Divine shekinah, or symbol of the presence of God, may resume its place.  The pure and undefiled religion of God preached, professed, and experienced, in a nation, is the glory of that land.  The prophet Haggai had said that the glory of the latter house, the temple built after their return from Babylon, should be greater than the glory of the former, of that built by Solomon;
but, as a building, it was far inferior to the former; yet it had a superior glory in being visited by Jesus Christ.  This was the glory that excelled. " (Adam Clarke)

How sad is a nation which has this glory promised, only to shun its glory and turn back to darkness.  Yet to the individual believer the offer is still extended...

"Mercy and truth have met on the way.
Righteousness and peace have embraced."
"Truth requires righteousness;
mercy calls for peace.  They meet together on the way;
one going to make inquisition for sin,
the other to plead for reconciliation.
Having met, their differences...are adjusted:
their mutual claims are blended together in one common interest;
on which peace and righteousness immediately embrace...
Now where did these meet?--In Jesus Christ.
When were they reconciled?---When He poured out His life on Calvary."
(Adam Clarke)

"Mercy and truth, righteousness and peace kiss"
"Our salvation is so well contrived, so well concerted,
that God may have mercy upon poor sinners,
and be at peace with them,
without any wrong to His truth and righteousness."
(Matthew Henry)
"The Lord shall give that which is good.
Good is a gift.
"The Lord shall give The good thing,--
what is supremely good,
--for which man has searched in vain through all his generations.

God's desire is to set us in the way of His steps,
that we may go forth to meet Him
when He is coming towards us in ways of mercy.
"All His saints shall walk before Him in righteousness and true holiness."

Do you see the picture of God running to us
as we are running to Him,
and the kiss....ahh.
Romantic, holy stuff. 

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