LORD, You Have Lavished on Your Land (Psalm 85)
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Further Reflections on Scripture References
In a time of distress after being restored from captivity, the people of God pray for a renewal of God's mercies. If the restoration referred to is Israel's return from Babylon, the troubles are probably those alluded to in Nehemiah and Malachi–verse 12 suggests a severe drought. As you have pardoned and restored us before, prays the psalmist, show us your grace once more (st. 1). Forgive, revive, and bless us in your mercy, O God (st. 2). Surely the LORD's salvation is near and unfailing (st. 3). God's love and faithfulness and righteousness and peace all come together in God's grace (st. 4). The beautiful imagery of love and faithfulness meeting together while "righteousness and peace kiss each other" (v. 10) has made Psalm 85 a favorite for God's people everywhere. Marie J. Post (PHH 5) versified this psalm in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal
Confessions and Statements of Faith References
Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References
The intensity of this song with its profound sense of God’s goodness toward his world is a reminder of Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 5: “God holds this world in fierce love. Keeping his promise, he sends Jesus into the world, pours out the Holy Spirit, and announces the good news; sinners who repent and believe in Jesus live anew as members of the family of God—the first fruits of a new creation.”