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1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.) LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.

2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.

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

4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.

5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?

6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

7 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.

10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.

13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

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

  • 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.
  • Tonisha Hayes
    Our Walk in God we must be faithful and truthful. God is Love and his mercy is so Awesome. We stray off the path that God has made for us at times. What does God grace and mercy do, led us right back to his direct path.
  • C.H
    I love reading this prayer it give me peace in my heart and it remind me to love.
  • Lupe Ramirez
    Love the word of God and this Psalm 85:10 is so unique PTL!
  • Tiffany Mayberry
    With mercy comes truth and when you are in truth you have this righteousness and a peace with in your soul.
  • MockingBird
    Jesus Christ is full of Mercy and Truth : He is our righteousness and because of doing righteousness we have peace of God that passes all understanding. Mercy and Truth have met together through Jesus and through Jesus, Righteousness and Peace have kissed each other. Oh !! The Bliss of the word being brought alive right before our eyes through Jesus !!! And now through us !!! .

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Bible Trivia

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