The Kiss of Peace

Psalm 85

LORD, you were favorable to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people;
you pardoned all their sin.
Selah
3 You withdrew all your wrath;
you turned from your hot anger.
4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
and put away your indignation toward us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again,
so that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your steadfast love, O LORD,
and grant us your salvation.
8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people,
to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The LORD will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him,
and will make a path for his steps.”  NRSV

I love this Psalm. It reminds us that God’s people are God’s priority, but the blessings God so wants to bestow upon us can only come through faithful devotion to God and God’s ways. Our sins push God away. Our faithfulness brings God near.

Out of God’s great love for us, God permits us to choose which path we will walk. I pray we all choose the path where our faithfulness meets God’s steadfast love and where our righteousness will be greeted with the kiss of peace that only can come from God.

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