Hovering over Psalm 85 this morning. A plea for revival. A cry for the God who has delivered to deliver again. Just as God had forgiven their iniquity and covered all their sin before, so the songwriter calls again for God’s indignation to be put away and His anger turned away from His frail and faltering people.
Will You not revive us again,
that Your people may rejoice in You?
Show us Your steadfast love, O LORD,
and grant us Your salvation. (Psalm 85:6-7 ESV)
Revive us again! That’s the cry of the repentant heart. Those are the words that form on the lips of a child of God who knows they have blown it . . . again! The distance caused by sin has become too great and so they set their face towards home. The desert entered because of drifting has created such a hunger and thirst for knowing again the abundant table of fellowship once enjoyed with the Lord, that the prodigal desires only the Father’s house.
That we may rejoice in You! No joy to be known like the joy of the LORD. No greater reason for the directing of our mental and emotional energy than to praising and worshiping the God of our salvation. No greater place to be found than in the land where His glory dwells.
So, on what basis does the songwriter pen such a petition? How can a people who have tripped up, slipped up, and crashed & burned repeatedly, even think to call upon their God . . . AGAIN . . . for such deliverance, restoration, and revival? Short answer: because of The Great Meeting.
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
and righteousness looks down from the sky.
Yes, the LORD will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase. (Psalm 85:10-11 ESV)
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet. His lovingkindness toward His people is reconciled with His just demand for payment for their transgression. God is love . . . and God is truth . . . and the two come together. God having made provision so that He might be faithful to His holy standard and still extend abundant mercy and grace to the people He has chosen to love for eternity. Reconciliation, Revival, and Restoration all possible because of The Great Meeting — that great meeting that is found in Jesus, the Christ.
And so the demands of God’s righteous nature are fully met and peace with God is again known. The two kiss. The blood of Christ sufficient for the forgiveness of all our sin — past, present, and future — and for the cleansing of all unrighteousness. For those who confess their need, as does the psalmist, there is revival. The ground springs forth with renewed knowledge of God’s faithfulness. The clouds of separation are dispelled as, in Christ, we know again that blessed access into the Holy of Holies and bask in the presence of His righteousness.
The promises of God being “Yes and Amen” in His Son. Knowing again that the LORD will give what is good. Feeding and drinking anew from the abundance of a land that yields it’s increase. All because steadfast love and faithfulness meet in Christ.
O praise God for The Great Meeting. The law came through Moses, but “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).
To Him be all glory . . . amen.