Consider the last week. Think of some of the good things that happened. Then, gratefully thank God for them.
Read PSALM 85:1-13
 For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. 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. Selah  You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger.  Restore us again, O God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us.  Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations?  Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?  Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.  I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints- but let them not return to folly.  Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.  Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.  Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.  The LORD will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.  Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat words are used to describe God's activity here?
No one had told this psalmist that worshipers should sit politely and quietly. He was bothered, so he told God about it.
God had helped his people in the past (1-3), but he wasn’t helping them now (4-7). Things weren’t going well and it seemed like God wasn’t pulling his weight. Was he angry with them (5)? Had he stopped loving them (7)? When God’s promises seem to us delayed or inactive, what do we do? Most of us are good at putting on a face. In certain situations we know what’s expected and we conform meekly. We think prayer is like this. We think it unwise to offend God, and we’re pretty sure that if we say what we really think and feel, he’ll be offended. So prayer becomes a performance. It’s not just dishonest, it doesn’t help us cope with the struggles that come with discipleship.
This psalmist was straight with God, and what a difference it made! The final section, vs. 8-13, has a much more contented tone. Because he’s been honest with God about his struggles, he’s able to embrace God’s promises. He does believe that God will give peace (8) and salvation (9).
Do you feel let down or disappointed with God? Tell him about it. Be honest. (Begin by being honest with yourself.)
Lord, I know I can count on Your love and care. Help me to always be honest, even when I doubt it.
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