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October 22 – What God The Lord Speaks

“I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for He will speak peace to His people, and to His saints: but let them not turn again to folly.  Surely His salvation is near them that fear Him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.”  Psalm 85:8-10

Devotional Thought For The Day

This is one of the more dramatic descriptions of what occurred on the cross, when the Lamb of God took away all of the sin and guilt of the world.  Mercy and truth were joined together.  We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, deserving nothing but condemnation and punishment, and that is the truth.  Instead, we have received mercy from God for Christ’s sake – “in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” [Eph. 1:7]  This is the location of our interface with God – truth and mercy.  Put another way, righteousness and peace are now perfectly joined together – “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.” [1 Pet. 3:18]  The only way we can have peace with God is with personal righteousness.  We however have nothing but unrighteousness.  But Christ took on our unrighteousness at the cross, and in Him we have become “the righteousness of God.” [2 Cor. 5:21] Now, “since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” [Rom. 5:1] Righteousness and peace “have kissed each other.”

This is what “God the Lord” speaks to His people.  He speaks this peace to us in Christ’s redemption, His suffering and death that take away all our sin and guilt.  Now, He could have spoken many different things to us.  Truth without mercy would have been dismal for us, and without Christ’s righteousness which is accounted to us by faith, there would be no peace with God.  So in what God speaks to us He reveals His heart, His great love for us, His mercy and redemption.  No wonder the psalmist is eager to hear what God says, to seize God’s Word and never let go of it.  No wonder he encourages us to do the same, and to “not turn again to folly,” the foolishness of rejecting His Word, His love, His redemption, His truth and mercy, His righteousness and peace.  Sadly, there are many who do this – when all the while His Word, which is truth [John 17:17], calls us back to His gracious love, mercy, and forgiveness.

When we live with God in this intersection of truth and mercy, righteousness and peace, through faith in Jesus Christ, His salvation is near us – “he that believes the Son has everlasting life . . . and he shall not come into condemnation but has passed from death to life.” [Jn. 3:36; Jn. 5:24]  This makes us “His saints,” those who properly “fear” Him [“but there is forgiveness with Thee that Thou mayest be feared.” Ps. 130:4].  This is the greatest glory we can have – to know and believe the love that God has for us in Christ Jesus.  The psalmist knew it!  God’s people of old knew it – for thousands of years.  His apostles knew it – as have all Christians of all generations.  Blessed are we if we know it also, if we “hear what the Lord will speak,” and if we hold on to His Word of peace, Holy Scripture, and refuse all temptations to “turn again to folly.”  God grant each of us such blessedness, to live each day in His gracious mercy and love in Christ Jesus!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, thanks and praise be to You for bringing mercy and truth together in Your suffering and death on the cross.  Thank You for the gift of righteousness and peace with God, for making us saints of God and heirs of eternal life.  Bless us to live in this glory of Your love, that we continue to be transformed into Your image.  Amen