|First Line:||LORD, you have lavished on your land|
|Title:||LORD, You Have Lavished on Your Land|
|Versifier:||Marie J. Post (1985)|
|Copyright:||Text © 1987, CRC Publications|
A communal prayer requesting God's forgiveness and the full experience of his saving love and faithfulness.
st. 1 = vv. 1-3
st. 2 = vv. 4-7
st. 3 = vv. 8-9
st. 4 = vv. 10-13
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.
A favorite in traditional Christian liturgies for the Advent season; many other occasions.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook