from Lynda Lindsey
Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Psalm 85:10
You showed favor to your land, O Lord; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. Psalm 85:1-2
The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. Psalm 85:12
Kings of long ago, upon seeing a petitioner approach the throne, could choose to hold out the scepter, inviting the petitioner to draw near for an audience. In the same manner God deals graciously with us; His scepter is always extended and He longs to show us kindness. When we repent He sets aside His wrath, turns away from His anger, and puts away His displeasure at our sin. He forgives our iniquity and covers all our sins. He restores our lost, wasted years. God, in His unfailing love, showers us with His favor, restores and revives us, and liberally bestows on us bounty from His storehouse. Jesus, our Peace and righteousness, the author of salvation, is near to us who fear God and submit to His authority.
Jesus loves and takes pleasure in us. He delights in satisfying us by giving us what is good. What higher good could be possible than Jesus, the Word made flesh, dwelling among us and showing kindness to us? God’s salvation, accomplished on Calvary’s cross, reconciled us to God. Jesus paid the debt we owe, covering our sin by his precious blood. His life, a ransom for ours, results in our shalom, an internal and external sense of peace and well being, harmony and contentment. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, promises peace. The caveat? We must carefully listen to and obey Jesus, completely forsaking all folly.
In Jesus all love and faithfulness, all grace and truth, all righteousness and peace are met together in the same way lovers fit into one another’s embrace. In Jesus, righteousness and shalom have kissed. The earth and all it contains reflect God’s glorious goodness. His glory dwells not just in us, His created ones, but in our land. He makes our once scanty harvest plenteous, yielding an abundance of goodness. What to do? Seek His face and His restoration. Repent and live and live in a repentant state. Rejoice and be glad. Offer Him a grateful and thankful heart. Worship Him and give Him all honor and glory. Nestle in close to Jesus. Accept His kiss of peace and righteousness, for His scepter is always extended!