God Never Gives Up On Us

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

Restoration

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)

  1. Restoration requires God’s favor (v. 1).
  2. Restoration requires God’s forgiveness (v. 2).
  3. Restoration requires God’s forbearance (v.3).

A look at the present (vv. 4-7)

  1. The God of salvation is the God capable of our restoration (v. 4).
  2. The God of righteous anger is the God capable of our restoration (v. 5).
  3. The God of joy is the God capable of our restoration (v. 6).
  4. The God of loving-kindness is the God capable of our restoration (v. 7).

A look at the future (vv. 8-13)

  1. Restoration means peace for the Godly (v. 8).
  2. Restoration means deliverance for the God fearing (v. 9a).
  3. Restoration means the glory of God’s presence on the earth (v. 9b).
  4. Restoration means the reign of the Messiah King (vv. 10,11).
  5. Restoration means prosperity (v. 12).
  6. Restoration means clear sailing (v. 13).

Application

When a situation seems hopeless in my life I need to remember the Lord never gives up on me.

Psalms 85:1-13 (English Standard Version)

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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