To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
1LORD, YOU have [at last] been favorable and have dealt graciously with Your land [of Canaan]; You have brought back [from Babylon] the captives of Jacob.
2You have forgiven and taken away the iniquity of Your people, You have covered all their sin. Selah [pause, and calmly realize what that means]!
3You have withdrawn all Your wrath and indignation, You have turned away from the blazing anger [which You had let loose].
4Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease [forever].
5Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger [and disfavor] and spread it out to all generations?
6Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?
7Show us Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, and grant us Your salvation.
8I will listen [with expectancy] to what God the Lord will say, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints (those who are in right standing with Him)–but let them not turn again to [self-confident] folly.
9Surely His salvation is near to those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, [and is ready to be appropriated] that [the manifest presence of God, His] glory may tabernacle and abide in our land.
10Mercy and loving-kindness and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11Truth shall spring up from the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
13Righteousness shall go before Him and shall make His footsteps a way in which to walk.
“I will listen to what God the LORD says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly. (v 8)
How many times do we turn to folly? We say that we believe that God has cleansed us, yet continue to return to our foolish ways. We say we can’t change this or can’t change that about ourselves. But the truth is we can, we just choose not to. Do we listen to God? Or do we listen to ourselves, our flesh? We speak one thing with our mouths and yet do another with our actions. We are double minded.
Will we listen to what God says? If so, right here, God “promises peace to his people, his faithful servants.” Peace. We miss so much by just reading a translation. Both the Hebrew and Greek vocabulary express so much in one simple word. Do we even know what God is promising us here?
shâlôm shâlôm = From H7999; safe, that is, (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, that is, health, prosperity, peace:
Peace … why do we always return to our folly and destroy that peace that He has promised us? Why do we worry or fret? Why do we continue to walk in ways that we know are not His? Why do we live repeating generational curses? Why do we dwell on things we don’t have instead of what we do have? Peace. If we have the peace that God has promised, what else do we really need?
Father, I thank you for your peace. I thank you for your healing. I thank you for your saving grace. I thank you for your forgiveness. And I thank you for your love. Lord, help me to remember your ways and not walk in my own. Help me to remember your cleansing and not to turn back to my filthy ways. Help me to dwell on and trust what you say, instead of what my flesh and the world says. Father, thank you for your arms to rest in, knowing that I am safe in your arms, resting in your peace. In Jesus name, Amen!