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Psalm 85 Feb. 18 For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by the sons of Korah.  1Yahweh, You have been favourable to Your land. You have restored the fortunes of Jacob, 2You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin. Selah. 3You have taken away all Your wrath, You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger. 4Turn us, God of our salvation, and cause Your indignation toward us to cease. 5Will You be angry with us forever? Will You draw out Your anger to all generations? 6Won’t You revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? 7Show us Your grace, Yahweh. Grant us Your salvation. 8I will hear what God, Yahweh, will speak, for He will speak peace to His people, His saints; but let them not turn again to folly. 9Surely His salvation is near those who fear Him, so that glory may dwell in our land. 10Mercy and truth meet together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11Truth springs out of the earth, righteousness has looked down from heaven. 12Yes, Yahweh will give that which is good. Our land will yield its increase. 13Righteousness goes before Him, and prepares the way for His steps.   


85:4 Although God had potentially turned from His anger (:3), Israel still had to turn to God to make this come true in their personal experience.
85:10 Mercy and truth- Somehow it seems that both individually and collectively we cannot achieve this fusion. We are either too soft and compromise and lose the Faith, or we are too hard and lose the spirit of Christ, without which we are "none of His" (Rom. 8:9). The result of this is that whenever God’s Truth is revived, that community is in a sense born to roll downhill; after two or three generations the Truth is lost. Either they destroy themselves through bitter subdivision, or they compromise with error and lose the Faith. Perhaps it is God's plan that no one community should hold the Faith through many generations. But the challenge of showing "grace and truth" in our thinking and judging, even though we cannot fully achieve it; and in the process we are led to appreciate more the beauty and wonder of the way in which these two concepts are linked together in the Father and His Son, and to yearn more to perceive and enter into the glory of God's Name, which totally incorporates these two humanly opposed aspects (Ex. 34:6,7; Rom. 11:22).