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

  • 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.
  • Lupe Ramirez
    Love the word of God and this Psalm 85:10 is so unique PTL!
  • Lilian
    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
    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 !!! .
  • Delinda
    This psalm has given me conformation in my life that finally the things I thought I could not let go are already gone. For me mercy and truth have met in my life. I no longer have to hid other people's sickness. And it's wonderful. I have allowed Gods righteousness and peace to kiss me and I will forever embrace him.

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Bible Trivia

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