The reading for today is Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13.
1 You, LORD, showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2 You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.
8 I will listen to what God the LORD says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. 12 The LORD will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. 13 Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.
The verses in this Psalm paint a picture of God’s love. In verses 1 and 2 the writer acknowledges how God’s people had strayed from God’s guidance and sinned against him. Even though they did not deserve forgiveness God forgives their sin.
The writer acknowledges the forgiveness and then forecasts that the peace that comes from God will continue if the people do not turn to folly. This admonishment is as true today as when this Psalm was written. If we worship and have faith in God by acknowledging that all that we have comes from him, then we are not likely to be foolish. If we keep our focus on God, it is hard to be led astray.
This Psalm reminds me of the blessings God provides us because of his love. Even when our fellow humans treat us poorly God will bless and keep us. His salvation is always near and given freely. So, let us count our blessings and look forward to the celebration of Jesus birth this Christmas.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father thank-you for your love. Help us to see your work in our lives and help us to share your blessings with others. Amen
Rob Carrothers firstname.lastname@example.org