Psalm 85:1-7

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by: FCC Staff

08/12/2022

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“1     LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 

 2     You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered 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, that your people may rejoice in you? 

 7     Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.”  Psalm 85:1-7

England had been in a horrible civil war for decades when Oliver Cromwell took control of political power in 1653. As the head of the army, he seized power from parliament and the king and ushered in a period of relative peace. Cromwell was a Puritan who emphasized personal faith over a state regulated church establishment. He also loved the Psalms, often quoting them in public and urging others to read them. In 1656, he opened his second parliamentary session by reading Psalm 85. He went on to talk about his vision for an England where God would be glorified. After the horrors of civil war, the people were eager to think that God’s anger would be “put aside” and their fortunes restored.

We must be very careful about applying God’s promises to Israel to any modern nation. England had a time of peace during Cromwell’s administration, true, but there were more wars ahead—including the one they lost in which the United States gained her independence.  England was not God’s special representative nation on earth any more than the United States is now. But we do find certain universal truths in God’s promises to Israel: Whenever God’s people—in any nation, in all nations—humble themselves, repent, and worship God as it says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, their lives are changed, and that often has a ripple effect on the society around them. 

God’s people, called by His name, today are dispersed strategically throughout the globe to bring the light and love of the Gospel to all people. As verse two says “You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin.” Jesus did this once and for all, for all humanity on the cross. This is the Good News we are to bring to the nations, that all are welcome into God’s grace, mercy, and peace. If we will repent of our other motives and pursuits, we can see lives restored and our lands healed—not in earthly terms which fluctuate from day to day, year to year, but on God’s terms, which are eternal. All the longings of Israel (and all nations) are fulfilled in Jesus. Let’s let the world know. 

Prayer for Today: Father, I praise You for Your faithfulness throughout the generations in delivering Your people…not just from times of trial, but from eternal damnation from our sins. Stir up in me a willing spirit to let everyone know that Jesus has won salvation for everyone, and we are all welcome to see His unfailing love. Amen.  

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“1     LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 

 2     You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered 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, that your people may rejoice in you? 

 7     Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.”  Psalm 85:1-7

England had been in a horrible civil war for decades when Oliver Cromwell took control of political power in 1653. As the head of the army, he seized power from parliament and the king and ushered in a period of relative peace. Cromwell was a Puritan who emphasized personal faith over a state regulated church establishment. He also loved the Psalms, often quoting them in public and urging others to read them. In 1656, he opened his second parliamentary session by reading Psalm 85. He went on to talk about his vision for an England where God would be glorified. After the horrors of civil war, the people were eager to think that God’s anger would be “put aside” and their fortunes restored.

We must be very careful about applying God’s promises to Israel to any modern nation. England had a time of peace during Cromwell’s administration, true, but there were more wars ahead—including the one they lost in which the United States gained her independence.  England was not God’s special representative nation on earth any more than the United States is now. But we do find certain universal truths in God’s promises to Israel: Whenever God’s people—in any nation, in all nations—humble themselves, repent, and worship God as it says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, their lives are changed, and that often has a ripple effect on the society around them. 

God’s people, called by His name, today are dispersed strategically throughout the globe to bring the light and love of the Gospel to all people. As verse two says “You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin.” Jesus did this once and for all, for all humanity on the cross. This is the Good News we are to bring to the nations, that all are welcome into God’s grace, mercy, and peace. If we will repent of our other motives and pursuits, we can see lives restored and our lands healed—not in earthly terms which fluctuate from day to day, year to year, but on God’s terms, which are eternal. All the longings of Israel (and all nations) are fulfilled in Jesus. Let’s let the world know. 

Prayer for Today: Father, I praise You for Your faithfulness throughout the generations in delivering Your people…not just from times of trial, but from eternal damnation from our sins. Stir up in me a willing spirit to let everyone know that Jesus has won salvation for everyone, and we are all welcome to see His unfailing love. Amen.  

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