Psalm 85

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

1 LORD, You have been favorable to Your land; You have brought back the captivity of Jacob.

2 You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin. Selah

3 You have taken away all Your wrath; You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger.

4 Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease.

5 Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?

6 Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?

7 Show us Your mercy, LORD, and grant us Your salvation.

8 I will hear what God the LORD will speak, for He will speak peace To His people and to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly.

9 Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed.

11 Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

12 Yes, the LORD will give what is good; and our land will yield its increase.

13 Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway.


As we come to and through seasons of God pruning back things that don’t benefit and some things that are outright harmful, remember verse eight.  Listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, recognize what had to be pruned and why, and for the sake of everyone involved, don’t go back to it.  If God breaks a habit, let it go.  If God ends a connection, let it stay dead.  If God shuts a door, don’t try to force it open.  Learn from the example of the Israelites.  Do not be stuck doing laps in the proverbial wilderness for forty years.  God led you out of the old, now trust Him to lead you into the new.



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