A few years ago, an angry, distraught, and hostile man slipped into St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome with a hammer and began to smash Michelangelo’s beautiful sculpture The Pieta. This cherished work of art was severely damaged. But what did officials do? Throw him out and forget ab … More
Because of the reference to captivity many Bible scholars believe this psalm was written at the time of Zerubbabel (Ezra.3:4) or more likely during the days of Ezra and Nehemiah (Neh. 2-4) (v. 1). At any rate it seems to belong to the early days of the return from Babylon. The theme of this chapter is “Restoration” not only historically but prophetically.
A look at the past (vv. 1-3)
A look at the present (vv. 4-7)
A look at the future (vv. 8-13)
When a situation seems hopeless in my life I need to remember the Lord never gives up on me.
LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger. Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? 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. 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. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. 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. Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.
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Psalms 82:1-8Justice Over The Judges
Psalms 83:1-18Peace in The Midst of Persecution And Pressures
Psalms 84:1-12Devotion in The House of God
Psalms 85:1-13God Never Gives Up On Us
Psalms 86:1-17David Prays For Protection From Enemies
Psalms 87:1-7Jerusalem – City of God
Psalms 88:1-18The Depths of Despair