Lord, You have been favorable … You have forgiven … You have covered all their sin. Selah (Psalm 85:1-2).
God’s favor, forgiveness, and covering of sin. Justice would say that God doesn’t have to do any of these things. The people sinned—they violated the holy law—and thus deserve death. But pause and consider this [that’s what Selah means]: God instead shows His favor, deliverance, and forgiveness. All His anger has been turned away!
How do we respond to this? The psalmist asks for restoration and revival. Revival comes when we turn back to God and turn away from our sin, and here we see God initiating revival … making revival possible.
Listen to God’s voice: He speaks peace, which allows us to experience revival. Jesus didn’t say, “Go and sin no more; I do not condemn you.” No! He said, “Neither do I condemn you, now go and sin no more” (John 8:11).
The removal of the wrath of condemnation makes the revival of the soul possible!
Once we hear God’s voice of peace, we can then know His…
- … mercy
- … truth
- … righteousness
- … goodness
- … pathway
- … freedom
God, You are so good! So loving, kind, merciful! Showing Your favor to all who will listen to Your words of peace!