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Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 17 Psalm 85:1-7

Tuesday, December 18

Psalm 85:1-7

1 Lord, you were favorable to your land;
    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people;
    you covered all their sin. Selah
You withdrew all your wrath;
    you turned from your hot anger.

Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
    and put away your indignation toward us!
Will you be angry with us forever?
    Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
    that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
    and grant us your salvation.

The psalm recounts quite a few times that God is faithful towards His people of the Old Testament. The second part of the psalm turns into somewhat of a plea with God to turn his wrath away from them. Looking at this through our own 21st century lens we know what God ultimately does with the sacrifice of Jesus. God’s faithfulness continues.

We usually get overwhelmed this time of year with all the shopping, decorating, and parties. We must deal with our not so picture-perfect families, friends, and coworkers. We act many times like the writers of the psalm. We need God to restore us through this time of chaos. We need to know that someone loves us when we feel like everyone is angry at us. We need a beacon of joy in the consuming nature of this time. We need to be like the psalmist.

They wrote verses 1-3 first for a reason. Before they stated their worries, they stated what God has done. How He has been faithful repeatedly. God is faithful beyond our comprehension. When we are worried, we need to look at what He has done, because every time it outweighs our worries. Rest your burdens from this season so you can realign and focus on what it is all about: the answer to verses 4-7.

God, we give you thanks and praise for your steadfast faithfulness. We ask that You remind us of what You have done before we let our worries take over. You are the Creator and Sustainer of life and we thank you. Amen.