Right Living Striding Up Ahead

5 Jun

Psalm 85 is a song of hope.  Hope that God will relent from anger and bring new life to the people.  It is common in the psalm for the people to believe that when things are going wrong in their life or in their country that it was a product of God’s anger.  In general we no longer believe that our difficulties are because God is angry, yet the way out of the difficulties is the same:  to live the a grace-filled live.

1-3 God, you smiled on your good earth!
You brought good times back to Jacob!
You lifted the cloud of guilt from your people,
you put their sins far out of sight.
You took back your sin-provoked threats,
you cooled your hot, righteous anger.

God can lift all our guilt.  The brokenness of past mistakes can be healed by God’s resurrection power.   Sometimes I wonder why we don’t let God release our guilt and heal our hearts.  Maybe we think God’s power isn’t strong enough, or the God doesn’t love us that much; but I think both of those ideas have been proven wrong.  So, all we need do is, with the psalmist, ask for God’s help.

4-7 Help us again, God of our help;
don’t hold a grudge against us forever.
You aren’t going to keep this up, are you?
scowling and angry, year after year?
Why not help us make a fresh start—a resurrection life?
Then your people will laugh and sing!
Show us how much you love us, God!
Give us the salvation we need!

Of course, we need to keep our relationship with God open and honest to receive the fresh start God has for us.  For many years now I have believed that each new sun rise is a new beginning with God.  I can leave behind mistakes and brokenness and, with God’s help, find a plan to live better in God’s presence in that new day.  For me it is a gift of hope that can bring me joy each day.  All I need do is remember how much God loves me.

8-9 I can’t wait to hear what he’ll say.
God’s about to pronounce his people well,
The holy people he loves so much,
so they’ll never again live like fools.
See how close his salvation is to those who fear him?
Our country is home base for Glory!

What do you think, can we not live like fools again.  Can we choose to live with kindness, justice, peace, integrity and grace?  Speaking and acting how we believe God would want us to act.  For me that is the goal.  Certainly, I don’t think I have ever made it through a whole day this way, but that is the star I shoot for with my life.

10-13 Love and Truth meet in the street,
Right Living and Whole Living embrace and kiss!
Truth sprouts green from the ground,
Right Living pours down from the skies!
Oh yes! God gives Goodness and Beauty;
our land responds with Bounty and Blessing.
Right Living strides out before him,
and clears a path for his passage.

The reward is the God-filled life.  A place where love and truth meet in the street.  Right living and whole living embrace and kiss!  I think we ought to give it a shot.

Peace and blessing be with you on this wonderful journey of life.


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