When we recognize where our fortune comes from, God can show His steadfast love. I was watching the 1992 movie “Bodyguard” last evening. The bodyguard kept the fortune safe and the woman with the fortune protected the bodyguard by choosing to always love him.
God is not our bodyguard as much as He is our spiritguard. He may not need our protection but He does desire our love. We can choose to recognize all that He has done for us. When we reciprocate His love – the love that first chose us, redeemed us and called us His own-we can begin to truly “hear” Him. Reciprocation looks like gratitude, trust and obedience to His heart for the world.
Where righteousness and peace kiss each other (v. 10), faithfulness will spring up from the ground and renew our fortune.- Teresa #spiritualrevival
Psalm 85:1-13 (ESV)
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.
8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people, 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 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him
and make his footsteps a way.