Friday, August 23, 2013

August 22, 2013

Psalm 85 (84 LXX)

   1 For the End; a psalm for the sons of Korah.
   2 O Lord, You were pleased with Your land; You turned back the captivity of Jacob;   3 You forgave the transgressions of Your people;
     You covered all their sins. (Pause)
   4 You ended all Your wrath;
     You turned from the wrath of Your anger. 
   5 Turn us, O God of our salvation,
     And turn away Your anger from us. 
   6 Will You be angry with us forever,
     Or will You prolong Your anger from generation to generation?
   7 O God, You will turn and give us life,
     And Your people will be glad in You.
   8 Show us Your mercy, O Lord,
     And grant us Your salvation.
   9 I will hear what the Lord God will speak in me,
     For He will speak peace
     To His people and to His holy ones,
     And to those who turn their heart to Him.
 10 His salvation is very close at hand to those who fear Him,
     That glory may dwell in our land.
 11 Mercy and truth met together;
     Righteousness and peace kissed each other;
 12 Truth arose from the earth,
     And righteousness looked down from heaven.
 13 For the Lord will give goodness,
     And our land shall yield its fruit.
 14 Righteousness shall go before Him
     And establish His footsteps as our pathway.

Encouraging Words...

The early church fathers taught that the Old Testament always foreshadowed the coming of Christ, the incarnation of Him as man. If one reads this Psalm with that perspective it clearly becomes a prophecy of the Incarnation (the End, v. 1). His Incarnation (vv. 10–14) gives His holy ones (v. 9) deliverance from captivity (v. 2), the remission of sins (v. 3), deliverance from God's wrath (vv. 4–6), joyous life (v. 7), mercy (v. 8), and peace (v. 9). (Taken from the Orthodox Study Bible.) Glory be to God!

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