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

  • Hazel Carty on Psalms 85
    When I think of the goodness of Jesus and what he has done for me my soul cries out thank God for saving me,
  • Damilola on Psalms 85
    I woke up this morning to read Jer 29:11, which talk about God's thought of Peace. Only for me to get to work this morning and Ps 85:8 dropped in my heart. I had to connect this to his promise of peace, which is with a condition that we should listen to him, seek him, not to return to folly and above all live righteously. God help me to daily love, cherish and obey you.
  • Bob on Psalms 85
    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 on Psalms 85
    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 on Psalms 85
    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 on Psalms 85
    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 on Psalms 85
    I love reading this prayer it give me peace in my heart and it remind me to love.
  • Lupe Ramirez on Psalms 85
    Love the word of God and this Psalm 85:10 is so unique PTL!
  • Lilian on Psalms 85
    Thank you Lord for giving Jesus to us so that we have life in abundance. Thru Jesus blood and his words we found the truth. Jesus always comforted us with the truth and it passes all understanding peace and mercy are given to us because if God's love to us. Thank you Jesus and i will worship you and praise you always for you alone are worthy. Help us Lord to be Born again every moment in our life
  • Tiffany Mayberry on Psalms 85
    With mercy comes truth and when you are in truth you have this righteousness and a peace with in your soul.


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In Psalm 85, righteousness and what have kissed each other?
  • Sin
  • Affliction
  • Triumph
  • Pride
  • Peace