Righteousness and peace (Ps 85:10-85:13)

“Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet.

Righteousness and peace will kiss each other.

Faithfulness will spring up from the ground.

Righteousness will look down from the sky.

Yahweh will give what is good.

Our land will yield its increase.

Righteousness will go before him.

Righteousness will make a path for his steps.”

This psalm ends with an emphasis on peace and righteousness. Love and faithfulness come together as well as peace and righteousness. Faithfulness comes from the ground while righteousness comes from the sky. Yahweh will give what is good so that the yield of the land will increase. Righteousness will go before Yahweh preparing a path for his steps.

Yahweh brings peace (Ps 85:8-85:9)

“Let me hear what

God Yahweh will speak.

He will speak peace

To his people.

He will speak peace

To his faithful.

He will speak peace

To those who turn to him in their hearts.

Surely his salvation is at hand

For those who fear him.

Thus glory may dwell in our land.”

The psalmist wanted to hear Yahweh speak. He wanted to hear him speak about peace. He wanted Yahweh to bring peace to his people. He wanted Yahweh to bring peace to his faithful ones who turned to him in their hearts. Salvation was at hand for those who feared Yahweh because the glory of God dwelt in the land. This glory of God probably refers to the Temple in Jerusalem.

Yahweh is not angry (Ps 85:3-85:7)

“You withdrew all your wrath.

You turned from your hot anger.

Restore us again!

O God of our salvation!

Put away your indignation toward us!

Will you be angry with us forever?

Wilt you prolong your anger to all generations?

Will you not revive us again?

Thus your people may rejoice in you.

Show us your steadfast love!

Yahweh!

Grant us your salvation!”

The psalmist wanted Yahweh to put away his hot anger for them. They wanted to be restored again. Yahweh was the God who granted salvation to them. They wanted to know if God was going to be angry with them forever into future generations. They wanted to be revived so that they could rejoice with Yahweh and his steadfast love. That was their salvation to live in the love of God.

A prayer to Yahweh (Ps 85:1-85:2)

To the choirmaster leader, a psalm of the Sons of Korah

“Yahweh!

You were favorable to your land!

You restored the fortunes of Jacob.

You forgave the iniquity of your people.

You pardoned all their sin.”

Selah

Psalm 85 is another in the choral psalms of the Korahites, the Temple singers. This prayer to Yahweh thanks him for being favorable to the land of Jacob. Yahweh had restored the fortunes of Jacob, thus indicating a return from captivity. Yahweh has forgotten their iniquities. He has pardoned their sins. This section ends with the musical interlude meditative pause of Selah.