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Read Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13


Read Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

A Prayer for the Nation's Welfare[a]

85 Lord, you have been merciful to your land;
    you have made Israel prosperous again.
You have forgiven your people's sins
    and pardoned all their wrongs.
I am listening to what the Lord God is saying;
    he promises peace to us, his own people,
    if we do not go back to our foolish ways.
Surely he is ready to save those who honor him,
    and his saving presence will remain in our land.
10 Love and faithfulness will meet;
    righteousness and peace will embrace.
11 Human loyalty will reach up from the earth,
    and God's righteousness will look down from heaven.
12 The Lord will make us prosperous,
    and our land will produce rich harvests.
13 Righteousness will go before the Lord
    and prepare the path for him.


Merciful, forgiven, pardoned.
Some words I pick up from verse 1 & 2.
Love and faithfulness will meet...
This is a Psalm that acknowledges brokenness and from that brokenness anticipates God's healing and hopefulness.


Lord you are merciful and forgiving - I turn to you again this week and take hold of the hope that you offer me.  Knowing that you are faithful and able to do what you have promised.

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