85:1 Lord, you were favorable to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people;
you covered all their sin. Selah
3 You withdrew all your wrath;
you turned from your hot anger.
4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
and put away your indignation toward us!
5 Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
but let them not turn back to folly.
9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him
and make his footsteps a way.
God cares about his people and his creation. He restores the fortunes of both. This is good news for everyone to hear. God is not angry, he's over that, Jesus show us that, and there are second chances for us. I ask God what are the fortunes in my life? I have a great wife, great daughter, roof over our head, and a steady job. I go on a trip like the one I am on and I realize that I have families, though they may both drive me crazy the way families do, are wonderful get along and enjoy life.
"Let me hear what the Lord will speak"- this is something I long for. My heart is prone to war rather than peace most of the time. I am learning to take the humble nice road instead of rubbing people's nose in it, but it is hard for me.
The view of righteousness and peace kiss are a beautiful picture. Christ at the cross took all of God's war against sin upon himself and because God is righteous He will not punish that twice. It is impossible, therefore his people are free of his anger. This really could be one of my favorite Psalms. It just makes sense, and show us how we are to be in God and how God cares for us.