Reading: Psalm 85: 8-13
Verse 11: “Faithfulness springs forth from the earth and righteousness looks down from heaven”.
Today’s passage is about when we and God meet. It is about how we seek to live righteous lives so that others may come to know God the Lord. It is about the beauty of being in relationship with God.
The psalmist begins where we need to begin – listening to God and what God has to say. When we do, whether through reading and meditating on scripture or through prayer, then we will indeed hear His promises, will experience His peace and love, and will be less likely to “return to folly” (or sin). The more we listen to God, the better our connection to God and our faith. As our connections grows, our love of God deepens. As this occurs, our love for mankind becomes more evident. As the psalmist writes “Love and faithfulness meet together”, he is speaking of this process. As our faith matures, these two come to be like one: love leads us to faithfulness and our faithfulness deepens our love. Soon they mesh, almost as one. The second half of this verse speaks of the results: “righteousness and peace kiss each other”. We are walking lock-step with God.
Verse eleven beautifully illustrates this idea: “Faithfulness springs forth from the earth and righteousness looks down from heaven”. Our faith comes alive as we live it out, becoming more and more like Christ. In turn, God looks down from heaven and gives us what is good, yielding a harvest. The harvest is what Jesus speaks about in both Matthew 9 and Luke 10. Jesus encourages us to call upon the Lord of the harvest to send us out into the fields. All around us the harvest is plentiful – there are many lost souls seeking meaning and purpose in life, sensing there is more to this existence than just life.
Our Psalm today concludes with these words: “Righteousness goes before Him and prepares the way for His steps”. May we be the righteousness that goes out into the world today, preparing the way for the Lord to enter the hearts of the lost that they may be saved.