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1 To the chiefe musician, a Psalme for the sonnes of Korah. Lord, thou hast bene fauourable vnto thy land: thou hast brought backe the captiuity of Iacob.

2 Thou hast forgiuen the iniquitie of thy people, thou hast couered all their sinne. Selah.

3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thy selfe from the fiercenesse of thine anger.

4 Turne vs, O God of our saluation: and cause thine anger towards vs to cease.

5 Wilt thou be angry with vs for euer? wilt thou drawe out thine anger to all generations?

6 Wilt thou not reuiue vs againe: that thy people may reioyce in thee?

7 Shew vs thy mercy, O Lord; and graunt vs thy saluation.

8 I will heare what God the Lord will speake: for hee will speake peace vnto his people, and to his Saints: but let them not turne againe to folly.

9 Surely his saluation is nigh them that feare him; that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth are met together: righteousnesse and peace haue kissed each other.

11 Truth shall spring out of the earth: and righteousnesse shall looke downe from heauen.

12 Yea the Lord shall giue that which is good: and our land shall yeeld her increase.

13 Righteousnes shall go before him: and shall set vs in the way of his steps.

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Commentary for Psalms 85

Prayers for the continuance of former mercies. (1-7) Trust in God's goodness. (8-13)

1-7 The sense of present afflictions should not do away the remembrance of former mercies. The favour of God is the fountain of happiness to nations, as well as to particular persons. When God forgives sin, he covers it; and when he covers the sin of his people, he covers it all. See what the pardon of sin is. In compassion to us, when Christ our Intercessor has stood before thee, thou hast turned away thine anger. When we are reconciled to God, then, and not till then, we may expect the comfort of his being reconciled to us. He shows mercy to those to whom he grants salvation; for salvation is of mere mercy. The Lord's people may expect sharp and tedious afflictions when they commit sin; but when they return to him with humble prayer, he will make them again to rejoice in him.

8-13 Sooner or later, God will speak peace to his people. If he do not command outward peace, yet he will suggest inward peace; speaking to their hearts by his Spirit. Peace is spoken only to those who turn from sin. All sin is folly, especially backsliding; it is the greatest folly to return to sin. Surely God's salvation is nigh, whatever our difficulties and distresses are. Also, his honour is secured, that glory may dwell in our land. And the truth of the promises is shown by the Divine mercy in sending the Redeemer. The Divine justice is now satisfied by the great atonement. Christ, the way, truth, and life, sprang out of the earth when he took our nature upon him, and Divine justice looked upon him well pleased and satisfied. For his sake all good things, especially his Holy Spirit, are given to those who ask him. Through Christ, the pardoned sinner becomes fruitful in good works, and by looking to and trusting in the Saviour's righteousness, finds his feet set in the way of his steps. Righteousness is a sure guide, both in meeting God, and in following him

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 85

  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 85:13 righteousness shall go before HIM and shall set us in -- THE WAY -- of HIS steps PSALM 119:14 I have rejoiced in -- THE WAY -- of thy testimonies as much as in all riches PSALM 119:27 make me to understand -- THE WAY -- of thy precepts so shall I talk of thy wondrous works PSALM 119:29 remove from me -- THE WAY -- of lying and grant me thy law graciously
  • Bob
    This Psalm Of David’s is not only a blessing in personal application as many have stated. It is a word of Prophecy given through The Spirit of God to David as the King of Israel and the forefather of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It tells of the Return of Israel to God and some of the events that will accompany that which Our Unchanging God will do as He remembers with great Mercy His child Israel.
  • Barbara
    I think this Psalm is awesome,just what i needed to read today. Not only for me and my loved ones but also for a friend of my daughter who has been going through for a very long time. I am glad i was obedient and did as the Holy Spirit led me to do by reading this this morning. "God bless you for making it available for me on here.
  • !Martha stewatt
    To !myself once I be trusted in him being drawn by his spirit mercy and truth opens a doorway for jesus to come in to my heart whereby Jesus the righteousness can come in with his peace to out pour his miracles or how ever he sees fit to meet our needs' or comfort.
  • Kalitabua
    Jesus' crucifiction enabled all these, it enabled his blood to be shed on calvary as the final sacrifice for our sins.His blood touching the mercy seat of the covenant fulfilled what was said in this verse. He truly is our saviour and redeemer,Thank you Jesus, come quickly so that we can live forever in your kingdom.
  • C.H
    I love reading this prayer it give me peace in my heart and it remind me to love.

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