PSALM 85 TALK: GOD’S LOVING KISS OF LIFE

PSALM 85 TALK: GOD’S LOVING KISS OF LIFE

 (A Psalm that explores the concept of mankind’s need to be brought back to life spiritual as we are all dead in our sins and far away from God not knowing him. However God wants to spiritually resuscitate us with his love which is like the kiss of life reviving us through the coming of Jesus to this world to save us from our sins)

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INTRODUCTION

 Mouth to mouth resuscitation is also know as, “The kiss of Life” and this has been used to bring many people back from death on many occasions over many years. When I was only 18 I had come home one afternoon from a job interview in the city and was lying down to rest when I was awakened by the loud screams of my mum. I rushed outside to find my mum in our backyard swimming pool holding aloft the lifeless body of my dear four-year-old younger sister.

I took my sister from my mother’s arms and placed her on the lawn next to the pool and then ran across the road for help from a neighbor. My neighbor screamed at me to get back to my sister and help her as she was calling for an ambulance. I ran back and pulled my sisters head back to clear the airways and began breathing into her mouth. I noticed almost straight away a strange gurgling sound coming from her and then the local doctor, who lived just up the road, arrived and pushed me away and turned my sisters head to the side and she coughed up water and started to breath.

The ambulance soon arrived and took my little sister to hospital and she fully recovered with no ill effects of her near fatal drowning. I had played a role in saving my little sisters life and its was my basic training in water life saving techniques I had at school that was instrumental in my ability to give my little sister the kiss of life.

The kiss of life is a very vivid picture of what God has done for us spiritually. The bible teaches that we are all dead in our trespasses and sins, Ephesians 2: 1,

“You were dead in your transgressions and sins”

However Ephesians 2: 4 and 5 says,

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved”.

Psalm 85 verse 10, says,

“Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other”.

This verse is speaking of God’s promise of future revival or restoration or resuscitation of his people from God’s judgment for their many sins if they repent or turn away from the folly of sin and fear God, put him first in their lives as verses 8 and 9 declare.

Many commentators believe that Psalm 85 was written around 20 to 40 years after the Jewish return from exile in Babylon. This because of three interesting hints this Psalm gives us.

  1. The first is the fact that verses 1 to 3 speak of a recent and great act of God restoring his people when he turned away from his wrath against their many sins. This kind of spiritual and national restoration took place in a great way when the God freed the Jews from their Babylonian exile around 538BC.
  1. The second interesting hint is that after verses 1 to 3 the Psalm seems to suggest in verses 4 – 7 that again God’s people needed desperately God’s restoration owing to God’s anger or wrath again caused by the people’s sin. The books of Nehemiah and Haggai written around twenty years after the Jews returned from their Babylonian exile speak of the people falling back into sin and they had failed to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and the Temple as well. Haggai 1: 5 and 6 says,

“Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

  1. The third and final clue is in 12, which seems to speak of a drought in the

land at the time of the writing of this Psalm,

“The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest”.

 Haggai 1: 9 – 11, speaks of God sending a drought on the land of his people because of their sins in looking after themselves first and not worshipping God and building his house, the Temple again,

         “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought  

          home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my

          house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.

           10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the

          earth its crops. 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the

          grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on

           people and livestock, and on all the labour of your hands.”

 So after the Jewish people had suffered the national disaster of 70 long years in exile for not looking to God in their lives and worshipping only him they suffered yet another national disaster with a terrible drought striking the land.

The prophet Zechariah also operated at this time and he too spoke of the peoples return to sin in his prophecy from God. Zechariah 1: 2 – 4 reads,

“The Lord was very angry with your ancestors. Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty. Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.’ But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the Lord”.

So twenty to forty years after the Jews returned from exile offers us a perfect background to this Psalm and Leopold says this about this time frame,

“Could fit with more than average propriety”.

This Psalms Hebrew heading says that this Psalm was written by the Sons of Korah, who we have seen in other Psalms were a Levite family group of Temple singers and musicians whose descendants seem to stretch through Israel’s history from the time of David up to the dedication of the Temple in Ezra’s time. Ezra also ministered around the time of the return from exile of the Jews.

With the theme of God’s restoration or resuscitation in mind my breakdown for this Psalm is:

  1. 1 – 3 GOD’S FORMER ACTS OF SPIRITUAL RESUSCITATION
  1. 1 – 2 The restored fortunes of Israel
  2. 3       God turned away from his anger
  1. 4 – 7 A CALL FOR RENEWED SPIRITUAL RESUSCITATION
  2. 4 – 6 A prayer for spiritual resuscitation
  3. 7       The prayer for spiritual resuscitation is based on God’s love
  1. 8 – 13 GOD’S PROMISE OF SPIRITUAL RESUSCITATION
  1. 8 – 9   The requirements for God’s spiritual resuscitation
  2. 10 – 11 God’s loving kiss of life
  3. 12 – 13 God’s loving resuscitation results

So I will now explore this Psalm with the idea of God restoring his people as a kind of resuscitation of the nation of Israel from spiritual and national death more than likely somewhere between 20 and 40 years after the return from Babylonian exile.

  1. 1 – 3 GOD’S FORMER ACTS OF SPIRITUAL RESUSCITATION

I have broken this first part into two parts:

  1. 1 – 2 The restored fortunes of Israel
  2. 3       God turned away from his anger

Lets then have a close look at the first part:

  1. 1 – 2 The restored fortunes of Israel

The Psalm opens with a clear description of the nations change of fortune and its incredible restoration at the hands of their God:

“You showed favor to you land O Lord; you restored the fortunes of Jacob”.

This first verse sets down what seems a recent great event when God did two things for his people, Israel:

  1. He showed favor to the land
  2. He restored the fortunes of his people

Lets have a close look at each of these:

  1. He showed favor to the land

The total land of Israel was devastated over period of 130 years and was overrun and destroyed by two devastating foreign invasions. The first invasion was in the northern kingdom by the Assyrians in 720BC and the second 133 years later when the Babylonians in 587BC overran the southern Kingdom.

These two massive invasions left the entire promised land of Israel in total ruin and in the North the people there were either killed or disbursed into captivity never to return to their home- land. The people of the southern kingdom were either killed or carried off into exile in Babylon. The Babylonian conquest techniques preserved the nations identity but took the land from them with the view of probably seeking to assimilate a nation into its own nation and culture by exile in their own land.

Both conquest techniques have advantages and disadvantages. The Assyrians resettled conquered lands with people taken from lands all over their conquered lands in an attempt to make new Assyrian cultural countries while the Babylonians sought to destroy national resistance through assimilation into Babylonian culture particularly in their own lands and in the conquered lands as well.

Both ruthless nations had the same aim to brutally destroy their enemies and kill off any possibility of resistance to their rule.

The land of Judah and particularly the ruined city of Jerusalem is described then around the year 445BC just before Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem in a report by Jews to Nehemiah in Nehemiah 1: 3,

“They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

So this means the land of Judah the southern kingdom of Israel was in a poor ruined state for over 90 to 100 years.

So Psalm 85 verse 1b says,

“You showed favor to your land O Lord”.

This favor or grace came in the form of the defeat of the Babylonians in 539BC by the Medes and Persian Empire and this new super power had a different conquered people policy and that was to let people stay or return to their lands and maintain their culture in an attempt to gain there co-operation within the Mede- Persian Empire.

We can see then that the hand of God’s favor or grace worked through the human workings of the non -believing nations governing policies of that time.

First he preserved the Nation of Israel’s identity in the exile policy of the Babylonians and then in their promised return from Babylon by the re-settlement policies of the new controlling super power the Mede’s and Persians.

Paul makes it clear in Romans 8: 28 that,

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”.

The land of Israel seemed lost and even dead in that it lay in ruins for over 70 years but through God’s working of history and those involved in it at that time God brought the land of Israel back to life by leading his people back to settle it again.

  1. He restored the fortunes of his people

The land of course was only really restored when the people who God gave it to where restored or as I am applying in this Psalm, resuscitated. The people of Judah, as it seemed in ancient times were now dead in the sense that they were conquered by the Babylonians, lost their homeland and were captives in a far off foreign land but as we have just seen through God’s favour or grace, God,

“Restored the fortunes of Jacob”.

 Jacob is a favoured name for God’s people in the book of Psalms. The prophet Jeremiah foretold of this many years before in Jeremiah 29: 11 – 14,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

 When a nation or even a person has no hope or little hope for the future then they often give up and many commit suicide because they have lost any sense of future hope. However Jeremiah is telling the Nation here God has a future for his people even though for a number of years that might not seem to be the case.

So after 70 years of captivity in Babylon, God restored the people or God resuscitated his dying nation to life again back in his promised land. Through a fortunate turn of historical events God made it possible for his people to return to the land of Israel where his people could prosper again.

Paul makes this clear, as I eluded to in the introduction in Ephesians chapter 2 the fact that everyone needs to come to Christ and acknowledge his death for our sins if they want to be spiritually resuscitated as Paul states in Ephesians 2: 1 – 6,

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus”.

Note how badly off we are according to Paul without Christ and his love in our lives.

Also note the great inheritance we have in Christ as true believers,

“Raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus”.

As true believers we have a homeland or God given place to look forward to, heaven with God is our great hope and this is because God has restored us spiritually in Christ. This is even clearer in the next verse of Psalm 85, verse 2 which says,

“You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins”.

The reason why God’s people were as good as dead as a nation for 70 years in Babylonian exile was because of the deep spiritual problem of sin. The many sins of God’s people led to God’s anger coming against them in judgment as the next verse will make clear. So for God’s people to go back to their land and for them to there regain their fortunes God had to forgive their many sins.

Many people have asked what is God’s problem with sin?

And why can’t he just simply over look it?

I found this interesting quote on the Internet by a man named Jeff Weddie that cuts to the heart of the answer to this question,

“Morality is us lining up with the character of God. God is the source of righteousness and morality. Sin isn’t just bad stuff, it’s a rebellion against who God is”.

 Israel knew how God wanted them to live and worship him as they had a clear revelation of God’s law. They were a special chosen nation who had a special job as Exodus 19: 3 – 6 declares,

“Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites”.

Israel also had a clear revelation of God, who he is and what he is like and as Weddie eludes to the God of the bible is a Holy God and is therefore as he put it, is the source of righteousness and morality.

So what sins did Israel commit”

For hundred of years God raised up prophets to warn the people of both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms that they were not following God’s laws and were not properly worshipping him and in fact were worshiping other God’s in ways that stood against the very nature of the God they claimed they were worshipping.

The prophet Jeremiah spells out Israel’s many sins particularly in chapters 2 and 3 and let me quote a significant part of that word of condemnation by quoting verses 4 – 8,

“Hear the word of the Lord, you descendants of Jacob, all you clans of Israel.

This is what the Lord says:” What fault did your ancestors find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.they did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord, who brought us up out of Egypt
and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and ravines,
a land of drought and utter darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives?’
I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.the priests did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord? Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols”.

Note how they turned away from God who had done so much for them in saving them to worship worthless idols. This is the crux of sin, rebellion to God’s rule and it will and it must bring down God’s judgment for those who do this.

So God had to forgive a lot to let Israel return to Israel. He had to cover a lot of sin before he could resuscitate his people from the national near death of exile in Babylon.

Jesus has more than covered our sins as Peter points out in 1 Peter 2: 24,

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Note how Peter tells us Jesus bore our sins, so we might die to sin and this has led to our spiritual healing.

  1. 3       God turned away from his anger

In the second part of this first section we have the amazing verse 3 which really spells out a recent or former act of spiritual resuscitation for the nation of Israel,

“You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger”.

I have already made it clear that the God of the bible is a Holy God and I quoted in the last section a man named Jeff Weddie who said that,

“God is the source of righteousness and morality”.

 Because of this his reaction to sin and indeed the terrible rebellious sins of Israel is anger or wrath. This is a concept modern minds find particularly repugnant and even recent Christians theologians have rejected even though the bible clearly presents, as this verse does that God does get angry and as this verse says, he gets fiercely angry with mankind’s sins.

In Frank Hasel’s excellent article on The Wrath of God he quotes a modern liberal theologian to capture this modern objection to the bibles teaching on the wrath of God,

“Helmer Ringgren has put it? Is “the notion of the affection of wrath on God” without any “religious worth for Christians?” Isn’t the idea of an angry and wrathful God a rather pre-Christian or even pagan concept that does not fit with the view of God that Jesus Christ has given us Himself?”

 Hasel goes to great lengths to show that modern theologians like Helmer Ringgren have got it all wrong and a central aspect of Hasel’s argument against this modern view of God’s wrath when they suggest that God’s Wrath is an Old Testament idea is,

“However, textual evidence in the New Testament argues strongly against any such view. Jesus,[Mark 3: 5, John 2: 13 – 17] John the Baptist,[Matth. 3: 7] Paul,[Romans 1: 18] and John in his Gospel[John 3: 36] and in Revelation[Rev. 6: 16] preach a gospel that includes the proclamation of the wrath of God. Nowhere does the New Testament replace God’s wrath with His love; instead, it views wrath as an essential and indispensable trait of God; it presents God not only as saving Lord but also as judge who brings with Him the judgment of His wrath. The good news of the Bible is not that there is no wrath of God, but that humankind is saved from wrath through faith in Jesus Christ: “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him” (Rom. 5:8, 9)”

 So it seems to reject the idea of wrath in the New Testament and the Christian Gospel is a direct result of either watering down the teaching of the New Testament or a result of not accepting the New Testament as God’s divine word to mankind.

So the recent return from Exile that this Psalm is obviously referring to is a wonderful demonstration of God setting aside his wrath or his turning away from his fierce anger which had originally caused the conquest of the land and the exiling of his people in Babylon.

God’s people were as the expression goes, “dead in the water” when they were locked up in exile in Babylon but like my drowning sister they were given the kiss of life and were resuscitated by God bringing them back to Israel as a nation again.

  1. 4 – 7 A CALL FOR RENEWED SPIRITUAL RESUSCITATION

From this positive looking back to a time of national resuscitation the writer speaks of the current people of Israel’s need for God’s restoration of resuscitation again. I have broken this section into two parts:

  1. 4 – 6 A prayer for spiritual resuscitation
  2. 7       The prayer for spiritual resuscitation is based on God’s love

Lets have a close look at these two parts, starting with part 1:

  1. 4 – 6 A prayer for spiritual resuscitation

This second section is a prayer for the current need of restoration or resuscitation that Israel needs yet again.

I have broken each of the three verses down to speak of the three aspects of this prayer requests:

  1. The call for resuscitation (vs. 4a)
  2. The reason why they need resuscitation again (4b – 5)
  3. The result of the people being resuscitated again (vs. 6)

Lets then have a closer look at each of these three parts of the prayer request:

  1. The call for resuscitation (vs. 4a)

“Restore us again, O God our Saviour”.

The opening word of verse 4 is “restore” which has a variety of translations, which include the terms like “Turn Us”, “Convert Us”, and even “Bring Us back”. All these terms suggest a crucial need for a big change in the current spiritual state of the psalm writer’s people at that time.

 The story of the people of God of the Old Testament is one of continual turning away from following God and how God causes his people to turn back to him through trials and difficulties. This demonstrates, I think, the need of all of humanity to require a Savior. A savior who can not only save us from our many sins but who can put a new heart in us that will help us to trust and obey God.

This is exactly what the Old Testament prophets foretold would come, like Ezekiel 36: 24 – 27,

“‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws”.

 Note how Ezekiel sees the fulfillment of this happening when God brings his people back from Babylonian exile but of course it took a further 400 years after that when God sent his Son Jesus into the world to die on the cross for our sins, rise from the dead three days later in victory over sin and death, ascend back to his father in heaven and then on the day of Pentecost send to the church and all true believers from that day on God’s Holy Spirit who would then empower us to live the way God wants us to live.

This sending of the Holy Spirit to all true believers is what Jesus is speaking about in John 16: 7 – 8,

But I tell you the truth: it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go. I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment”.

 So the coming of the Holy Spirit into the hearts of all true believers is the promise of resuscitation as Paul put it in Ephesians 2: 4 and 5,

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved”.

So God gives us the spiritual kiss of life through first saving us through the death of Christ and then through bringing us alive to him through his Holy Spirit working in our lives once we really believe in Jesus.

  1. The reason why they need resuscitation again (4b – 5)

Verse 4b and 5 then speak of why we need this kiss of life or resuscitation by God,

“And put away your displeasure towards us. Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations”.

 Our sin and indeed all everyone’s sins has it consequences. As I have already clearly said God is Holy or is the source of all righteousness and morality as Jeff Weedie put it. Therefore sin in the sight of God arouses his Holy anger or wrath and must be paid for. Paul makes it clear what the consequences of sin are in Romans 6: 23a

“For the wages of sin is death”.

 Wages is another word for consequences and in Old Testament terms for the nation of Israel this meant things like drought, famine or destruction caused by conquering enemies. Verse 12 of Psalm 85 seems to indicate that at the time of this Psalm being written God’s judgment of his people’s sins then was in the form of drought, which we saw the prophet, Haggai spoke of in Haggai chapter 1.

So the need for the land and the people’s restoration or resuscitation was in the form of a breaking of a terrible drought in the land. The writer of Psalm 85 in these two verses wants God to:

  1. Put away his anger
  2. Stop being angry with his peoples sins
  3. Not prolong his anger over a long period of time, expressed in verse 5 as “through all generations”.

Paul makes it clear why every man women and child needs to learn and know the wonderful message of the Gospel in Romans 1. In verse 18 he says,

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness”.

 He spells out the value and worth of the Gospel message in dealing with this wrath of God in verses 16 – 17,

“ For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith”.

I quoted before the first half of Romans 6: 23, which said,

“For the wages of sin is death”.

But the second half of this verse gives us the hope that the Gospel message alone gives us,

“But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

 God wants to bring us back to life spiritually through the forgiveness of our sins through the death of Christ for us and then, when we turn to him and accept his loving forgiveness give us his life giving Holy Spirit. Which Romans 6: 23b also gives us not only new life now but eternal life in the future with God in heaven and this is all made possible because it comes to us as a loving gift from God.

  1. The result of the people being resuscitated again (vs. 6)

Verse 6 says clearly that this spiritual revival or resuscitation will have a powerful and wonderful effect on the people of his time,

“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”

 The result or effects of this spiritual resuscitation would be the true praise and worship of the people expressed in the words,

“Rejoice in you”

 That is exactly the response God wants from those who he revives or spiritually resuscitates as Spurgeon points out,

“Joy in the Lord is the ripest fruit of grace, all revivals and renewals lead up to”.

 Paul spoke about this kind of response to God’s working in our lives in a number of his letters to the churches he wrote to. No better example of this in the fourth chapter of his letter to the church in Philippi. At the start of that chapter he reprimands two women in the church in Philippi who at the time of the writing of his letter were fighting. Paul to agree with each other and then in verse 4 says,

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice”.

 Argument and cranky words are not the character of a believer but Paul says it is joy and rejoicing that should characterize the Christian fellowship and indeed the Christian life. God has given us the kiss of life which we will see later leads to his peace and conflict and turmoil has no place in this new life he has for us which should be characterized by gratitude and praise to the God of love who has revived us.

  1. 7      The prayer for spiritual resuscitation is based on God’s love

Verse 7 naturally flows from what we have just read in verse 6 as verse 6 says that the right response of God’s work of spiritual resuscitation is rejoicing in what God has loving done for us and so it reads like this,

“Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation”.

 The writer of Psalm 85 indicates clearly in verse 7 that God’s restoration or resuscitation is based squarely on the Love of God. What he calls the, “unfailing love” of God n him granting his people his salvation.

David spoke and prayed like this on many occasions and I like David’s Psalm 57 which features the words, “Love and faithfulness”, like verse 3,

“He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me: God sends his love and his faithfulness”.

 Later in the Psalm David says in verses 9 and 10,

“I will praise you, O Lord among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches the skies”.

 David had experienced on many occasions in many ways the love and faithfulness of the God of the bible who he fully trusted in. The writer of this Psalm, Psalm 85 wants God to show to him and his people that love and faithfulness again in an act of Salvation for them.

As Christians, people who have experienced the love and faithfulness of God through his son Jesus Christ we have experienced God’s kiss of life, which is a kiss of love. Jesus has not only saved us from our sins but given us new life which Paul speak of so clearly in 2 Corinthians 5: 17,

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; The old has gone, the new is here!”

Paul speaks clearly of how God did this in the next two verses of 2 Corinthians 5: 18 – 19,

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation”.

This message we are to take to the world is God’s vehicles of resuscitation or reviving people in this world and Paul believes that all Christians are on a peaceful diplomatic mission of salvation to others in this world taking to them the life reviving and changing message of God’s reconciliation through Christ, verses 20 – 21,

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”.

So ends the prayer for a renewed resuscitation of the people of the writers time who because of their sinfulness when they got back in the land and were established by God as his people again. But the people had stopped living for God and had failed to rebuild his temple living purely for their own self -interest. Now through a great drought in the land they once again needed God to revive or resuscitate them to life yet again.

3.   8 – 13 GOD’S PROMISE OF SPIRITUAL RESUSCITATION

Now that the prayer for spiritual resuscitation has been prayed the Psalm takes a final turn in tone and message.

Instead of a prayer we read in the final section of the Psalm what appears to be an answer by God to the prayer in the form of a prophecy of how God will react to this prayer.

I have divided this final third section into three distinct parts of two verses per part:

  1. 8 – 9   The requirements for God’s spiritual resuscitation
  2. 10 – 11 God’s loving kiss of life
  3. 12 – 13 God’s loving resuscitation results

Lets look a little closer at each of these three parts to God’s answer to the prayer for revival or resuscitation starting with part 1:

  1. 8 – 9   The requirements for God’s spiritual resuscitation

The first two verses of this first part of this final section of the Psalm set down very clearly God’s requirements for this spiritual and national resuscitation. Each verse addresses God’s requirements for this resuscitation from a different but similar angle, which is from a negative angle in verse 8, which is what not to do, and a positive angle in verse 9, which is what you must do. I have given each of these two verse’s the following titles:

  1. Don’t return to your sinful folly (vs. 8)
  2. Fear God (vs. 9
  1. Don’t return to your sinful folly vs. 8)

Note how verse 8 states clearly that the Psalmist has changed from praying to God to listening to God.

“I will listen to what God the Lord will say”.

 There comes a time for prayer or talking to God to stop and many people battle with this. Humanly speaking we are either good talkers or good listeners, to be both is a rare and valuable gift. I am a talker and have had many battles in life to tame my compulsion to always want to say something. Us talkers are usually bad listeners and I have to continually stop myself from talking to concentrate on listening.

Maybe David had the same problem as me because twice in his Psalms he speaks of Being still before the Lord, Psalm 46: 10 and Psalm 37: 7, the later reads like this,

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”.

 Waiting for God to answer can be a very difficult thing to do but the writer of our Psalm 85 makes a conscious effort to stop his praying and start listening for God’s reply. It is hard to stop pleading with God in prayer and wait on his answer particularly when we might be suffering. James has a word of encouragement for us all about waiting on the Lord particularly when we might be suffering, James 5: 10 – 11,

Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy”.

As this Psalmist waits he hangs on to God and his word and expresses this in the next part of verse 8,

“He promises peace to his people his saints”.

It would seem this Levite, if it is written by A Son of Korah was remembering the “Aaronic” blessing of Numbers 6: 23 – 26,

“The Lord bless you and keep you;25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’

 Words he either often said in worship or at least heard said by Hebrew priests in Temple worship which contain God’s promise of his peace and blessing to his people also called here “his saints” which could be translated “Holy Ones”. Not all of the people of Israel trusted in God alone but those who did, the saints or true believers God’s word promises them peace.

Jesus promises all his true followers his peace or God’s peace in John 14: 27,

“ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.

Then in the final phrase of verse 8 we read the first part of God’s answer to the Psalmist prayer for spiritual and national resuscitation which is the first God given condition for him doing it, we read,

“But let them not return to folly”.

What is the folly they should not return to?

Tremper Longman 111 nails the answer to that question for me, he writes,

“The heart of folly is a turning away from God to false Gods”.

Israel’s folly was they turned from the one true God of heaven and earth to the foolishness or folly of idol worship and Isaiah in Isaiah 44: 14 – 20 pins this folly down in an almost comical way,

“He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.15 it is used as fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread.
But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.
16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says,  “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships.
He prays to it and says, “Save me! You are my god!”
18 They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.19 No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say,
“Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate.
Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”20 Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”

God will not resuscitate his people if they return to idol worship practices which today is not usually seen in the worship of idols made of wood but rather in things like the worship of the human body or material possessions, scientific discovery or anything that consumes our time and money and stops us from putting God first in our lives.

GotQuestions?org puts modern idol worship this way,

“All the various forms of modern idolatry have one thing at their core: self. We no longer bow down to idols and images. Instead we worship at the altar of the god of self. This brand of modern idolatry takes various forms”.

 John speaks of this modern form of idol worship in 1 John 2: 15 – 17 and gives us great advice,

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever”.

When things in life go bad and the self -worshipper cannot buy their way out of trouble or use modern scientific thinking to help them who do they turn to?

Just as Isaiah spoke of when referring to the God’s of his day shaped out of a piece of wood, Isaiah 44: 20,

“Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”

  1. Fear God (vs. 9)

Then our writer of Psalm 85 gives us God’s requirement for spiritual and national resuscitation from a positive point of view or what they must do in verse 9,

“Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land”.

Salvation or spiritual resuscitation is near those who fear God. The famous verse on the fear of the Lord is Proverbs 9: 10,

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding”.

To fear God is to revere him or to put God first in our lives GotQuestions?org quotes Hebrews 12: 28 – 29 in their explanation of what it means for a believer to fear God,

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”

They then make this conclusion about what it means to fear God,

“This reverence and awe is exactly what the fear of God means for Christians. This is the motivating factor for us to surrender to the Creator of the Universe”.

 Non -believers do not fear God as they simply seek to ignore the existence of God or actively seek to attack the belief that God exists. However one day everyone will acknowledge Jesus as Lord or God when he returns as Paul tells us in Philippians 2: 9 – 11,

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”.

So to turn to the folly of other supposed God’s is to not truly fear the one true God and in fact the major symptom of spiritual death is the folly of idol worship and the failure of people to fear God in their lives.

God in verse 9 promises that if we turn from the folly of idol worship and truly fear him then,

“His glory may dwell in our land”.

God’s glory comes with God’s presence which is what the previous Psalm was all about and the last two verses of that Psalm says, verse’s 11 and 12,

“For the Lord is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you”.

  1. 10 – 11 God’s loving kiss of life

 The next two verses lie at the heart of the message of this Psalm as they spell out God’s promise of spiritual and national resuscitation for those as we have just seen have turned from the folly of idol worship and who truly fear or revere God in their lives.

I have given each of these two verses the following headings:

  1. God’s kiss of love and faithfulness and peace (vs. 10)
  2. God’s faithfulness springs forth and his just ways looks down (vs,11)

       Lets look a little closer at each of these two verses:

  1. God’s kiss of love and faithfulness and peace (vs. 10)

The writer of Psalm 85 then uses a number of poetic pictures to describe what God will do to revive or resuscitate his people if they turn away from the folly of idol worship and fear or revere him and the first is his kiss.

A kiss in ancient Hebrew culture as it is in many cultures today is a form of greeting a long time friend or family member as we see in Exodus 4: 27,

“The Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the desert to meet Moses”. So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him”.

A kiss is an intimate contact with someone we love and here in verse 10 we read of it being used as an image of what God will do to revive his people,

“Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other”.

So just as Aaron and Moses kissed each other when they met at the foot of the mountain so God promises his people that his love and faithfulness and his right way of living will meet with his peace to revive or spiritually resuscitate them. Gordon Churchyard opens up this verse with these words,

“In this verse, God gives the kind love, and his people give him their loyalty. He does not stop loving them and they do not stop being his friends and servants whatever happens”.

God’s kiss is both a kiss of life, “righteousness” and a kiss of love, “love and faithfulness”, which will give his people his peace.

This is the promise of the New Testaments spiritual resuscitation made possible by God’s son Jesus Christ who through his death on the cross through which he made a way back to God. Jesus is God’s glory or love and righteousness personified as John 1: 14 declares,

“The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the Glory of the One and only, who came from Father, full of grace and truth”.

Paul taught that faith in Jesus and what he has done for us justifies us with God, or makes us right with God and gives us the blessing of God’s peace which is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, Romans 5: 1 – 5,

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us”.

 God has given us in Christ the kiss of life and has spiritually revived us to live for him. This is our great hope and is the experience of every loyal follower of Jesus Christ.

  1. God’s faithfulness springs forth and his just ways looks down (vs,11)

The images of God’s promise of revival or resuscitation for those who have turned from the folly of idol worship and who now seek to revere him in verse 11 are of the earth producing God’s faithfulness and the heavens bringing down or looking down his righteousness or right way of living and acting,

“Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven”.

 Albert Barnes gives us an apt and beautiful explanation of this verse with these words,

“Truth shall spring out of the earth – As plants do – for this is the meaning of the word. The blessings of truth and righteousness would be like the grass, the shrubs, the flowers, which spring up from the ground – and like the, rain and the sunbeams which come from heaven. Truth would spring up everywhere, and abound in all lands, as plants, and shrubs, and grass spring up all over the earth. There is not an intended contrast between the two clauses of this verse, as if truth came from the earth, and righteousness from heaven; but the idea is that they would come in a manner that might be compared with the way in which God’s other abundant blessings are bestowed, as springing, on the one hand, from the fertility of the earth, and on the other, from the rain, the dew, and the sunbeam”.

 This is an apt image of God’s resuscitation of his people if they were facing drought.

The next verse 12, as we have seen before seems to indicate this was exactly how God was disciplining his people’s waywardness, with a terrible drought in the land. God is now promising his people’s spiritual and national resuscitation in terms of a breaking of a drought which will be like a earthly expressing his love and faithfulness springing from the earth as he blesses them from the heavens with his righteousness in the form of life reviving rain.

Living in a country so often inflicted with terrible droughts makes me extra sensitive to images like this and I have often thought that the image of a drought is a great one for my country to understand what life without God is like.

We need like any people in our world the spiritual nourishment only Jesus can give us as Jesus said to the women at the well in John 4: 13 – 14,

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life”.

 Later Jesus spoke of this life reviving water again in John 7: 37 – 38,

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him”.

 The next verse, 39, explains that Jesus here is speaking of the spiritual reviving properties of God’s Holy Spirit,

“By this he meant the Sprit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified”.

 So in Palm 85 verse 11 we have God’s promise of his love and faithfulness and righteousness springing up from the earth and coming down from above to spiritually and physically revive or resuscitate his people if they do not go back to the folly of idolatry and continue to revere or worship God only.

  1. 12 – 13 God’s loving resuscitation results

The final two verses of this promise of God’s revival or resuscitation of his people spell out more particularly first the practical outworking of this resuscitation and then in the final verse a promise of God himself leading the way for his people to go.

So my headings for these two final verses are:

  1. A promise for practical restoration of the land itself (vs. 12)
  2. A promise of God leading his people to show them the way to go (vs.13)

Lets have a closer look at each of these final two verses:

  1. A promise for practical restoration of the land itself (vs. 12)

As I said in the introduction verse 12 provides us with a vital clue to the circumstances of the writing of this Psalm as this verse speaks of God’s promise of restoration resulting in the end of a drought, the verse says,

“The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest”.

 Droughts as spoken of in the time of the prophet Haggai (Haggai 1: 10 – 11) around 40 years after the Jews returned from Babylonian exile would have prevented a harvest as Haggai pointed out because, “the heavens have withheld their dew” (Haggai 1: 10).

 So if the people, as verse 8 says do not turn to the folly of idolatry and if they, as verse 9 says, fear or revere God then God promises to give the people,

“What is good”,

 Or what they need from the hand of God which seems to be the lifting of a drought so that the,

“Land will yield its harvest”.

 Around the time of the prophet Haggai was a much younger prophet who was also a Temple priest named, Zechariah and in his written account of his prophecy we read this in Zechariah 8: 12 – 13,

“The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. 13 Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curse among the nations, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.”

 We cannot say for sure if this relates to this Psalm and the promise of revival or resuscitation it contains but if this Psalm was written around the time of the post exile period and if the psalm was written around the time of the great drought in Haggai’s time then it is possible that the younger contemporary Zechariah could be speaking of the fulfillment of what this psalm speaks of in verse 12.

Even if it isn’t it makes no difference to what this verse is teaching us which is that God wants to bless and provide for the needs of his faithful people. Jesus spoke about something similar in Matthew 6: 28 – 34,

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”.

  1. A promise of God leading his people to show them the way to go (vs.13)

The writer of Psalm 85 finishes his promise of resuscitation with a great hope for the future for in a very poetic way he reveals that God is so involved in our lives to held revive and lead us he himself goes out in front of us to show us the way we should go in life. The last verse of this psalm says,

“Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for he steps”.

 Spurgeon’s simple explanation of this verse is very helpful,

“God’s march of right will leave a track wherein his people will joyfully follow”.

 It seems that the writer of Psalm 85 poetically personifies the righteousness of God as a kind of herald who goes out in front of an army or group of people announcing the coming of the army or this group of people. The way of this herald is then the way the army or group of people should go.

This last verse and its last vivid poetic image reminds me of two great things in the New Testament which are the last two things I will comment upon in this psalm:

  1. The forerunning ministry of John the Baptist
  2. The forerunning mission of Jesus Christ for all his followers
  1. The forerunning ministry of John the Baptist

The prophet Isaiah hundreds of years before the coming of Jesus spoke of a forerunner to the messiah coming to prepare his way in Isaiah 40: 3,

“A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord ; make straight in the desert a highway for our God”.

That forerunner of the Messiah was in the New Testament John the Baptist and his unique and special ministry as Mark 1: 1 – 8 reveals,

“The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”—“a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him.

Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

 John the Baptist was an unusual character a fearless rough individual who stood up against the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of his time and told them straight their need to repent and be baptized. John was like a personification of this verse and I will simply quote it again to make my point,

“Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for he steps”.

John the Baptist a righteous man of God went before the Lord Jesus Christ to prepare the way or the ministry and preaching of Jesus and interestingly Jesus basic Gospel message was not much different than that of John the Baptist as Mark reports in Mark 1: 14 – 15,

 “After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

 Of course the big difference was that John looked forward to the Kingdom of God coming and Jesus announced that it had come.

  1. The forerunning mission of Jesus Christ for all his followers

The final New Testament teaching that this last verse of Psalm 85 reminds me of is the actual mission of Jesus. Jesus makes his mission on earth clear in Mark 10: 45,

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many”.

 This giving of his life as a ransom for many was through the cross where Jesus says about this great act in John 12: 31 – 32,

“Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

 So Jesus believed that through his death on cross he was paying for our sins, defeating Satan and drawing all people to himself. Then in John 14: 6 Jesus states that he believed that through this he was making a way to the Father or to God the Father in heaven,

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.

 Finally the writer to the Hebrews in Hebrews 12: 1 and 2 says,

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”.

Jesus then is a forerunner of our faith; he has gone before us blazing a trail to God in heaven and therefore is the great fulfillment of this last verse in Psalm 85 that says,

“Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for he steps”.

 Jesus has prepared the way of our steps and in his steps we should follow as Peter says in 1 Peter 2: 21,

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps”.

Jesus promises to not only make the way or steps to God but to be with us as we go his way or follow his steps as he says in Matthew 11: 28 – 30,

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Finally this reminds me of a wonderful poem by Mary Stevenson called “Footprints in the Sand”.

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.

I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

CONCLUSION

 We saw at the start of this Psalm that the writer looked back to a former time of spiritual revival or resuscitation of his nation and how that resuscitation came about from the loving forgiveness of God who turned away from his anger to restore the fortunes of the nation. I believe this is a reference to the Jews return from exile in Babylon.

Then in the second section of the Psalm we read a desperate prayer for a renewed revival or resuscitation of the nation and I believe this was because somewhere between 20 or 40 years after the return from Babylonian exile God’s people in Israel had stopped putting God first and this was seen in their reluctance to rebuild the Temple of God in Jerusalem. This was during the time of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah and Haggai in the first chapter of his prophecy indicated that God’s judgment had come on the nation in the form of a severe drought.

In the third and final section we have God’s promise of spiritual revival or resuscitation if the people do not return to the folly of idol worship and fear or revere God with true worship of him.

This resuscitation would come about because of the great love and faithfulness of God and God’s faithfulness and righteousness will break the terrible drought and God himself would lead his people in the way he wants them to go.

All this we learnt relates to our need for spiritual resuscitation which Paul speaks of in Ephesians chapter 2 verses 1 to 10 where he says we are all dead in our trespasses and sins and need to be made alive in Christ. For those who have been revived by God’s kiss of life through the loving work of Christ we now have a way to go in life, which Jesus made for us and that way in life will eventually lead us all to dwell with Christ in heaven itself.

I close as usual with an original poem and prayer.

GOD’S LOVING KISS OF LIFE

(Based on Psalm 85 for the verses)

(Ephesians 2: 1 – 10 for the Chorus)

 Chorus:

God’s loving kiss of life

Saved me from my sin and strife.

Through the Lord I was made alive,

Through God’s love I was revived,

To be raised up high with Christ Above

Who gave his life through love.

 

You have showed your favour

To your people O Lord.

You have restored their lives

With your forgiveness and word.

And now I pray that you will turn away

From the anger you have from our sin each day.

 

Chorus:

Restore my life again

My great saviour and my Lord.

Help me with my sin

To trust you and your word.

And so I pray you will revive me today

So that I can rejoice in your love I pray.

Chorus:

May your unfailing love help me

To walk your way each day.

And may your peace and your love stop me

From turning away.

And now I see you are Lord of all

May your glory shine in those who answer your call.

Chorus:

Your faithfulness and love is like

A plant on the earth that grows.

Your righteousness shines down on us

and through it your love flows.

The Lord in deed will surely lead

Jesus made a way we must follow in his lead.

Chorus:

God’s loving kiss of life

Saved me from my sin and strife.

Through the Lord I was made alive,

Through God’s love I was revived,

To be raised up high with Christ Above

Who gave his life through love.

By: Jim Wenman

PRAYER:

 We thank you Father in heaven for your great love for us in that we were dead in our trespasses and sins yet you brought us back to life through the death of your son on the cross who died for our sins. Yes Lord you have forgiven us through Christ and brought us to life by the indwelling of your Holy Spirit in our lives. Help us now to continually turn away from the folly of not putting you first in our lives and help us to worship you because of what you have done for us with joyful praise. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

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