Psalms 85

* Prayers for the continuance of former mercies. (1-7) Trust in

God's goodness. (8-13)1-7 The sense of present afflictions should not do away the

remembrance of former mercies. The favour of God is the fountain

of happiness to nations, as well as to particular persons. When

God forgives sin, he covers it; and when he covers the sin of

his people, he covers it all. See what the pardon of sin is. In

compassion to us, when Christ our Intercessor has stood before

thee, thou hast turned away thine anger. When we are reconciled

to God, then, and not till then, we may expect the comfort of

his being reconciled to us. He shows mercy to those to whom he

grants salvation; for salvation is of mere mercy. The Lord's

people may expect sharp and tedious afflictions when they commit

sin; but when they return to him with humble prayer, he will

make them again to rejoice in him.
8-13 Sooner or later, God will speak peace to his people. If he

do not command outward peace, yet he will suggest inward peace;

speaking to their hearts by his Spirit. Peace is spoken only to

those who turn from sin. All sin is folly, especially

backsliding; it is the greatest folly to return to sin. Surely

God's salvation is nigh, whatever our difficulties and

distresses are. Also, his honour is secured, that glory may

dwell in our land. And the truth of the promises is shown by the

Divine mercy in sending the Redeemer. The Divine justice is now

satisfied by the great atonement. Christ, the way, truth, and

life, sprang out of the earth when he took our nature upon him,

and Divine justice looked upon him well pleased and satisfied.

For his sake all good things, especially his Holy Spirit, are

given to those who ask him. Through Christ, the pardoned sinner

becomes fruitful in good works, and by looking to and trusting

in the Saviour's righteousness, finds his feet set in the way of

his steps. Righteousness is a sure guide, both in meeting God,

and in following hi
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