TO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN, A PSALM FOR THE SONS OF KORAH.
<<THE SONS OF KORAH>>: This was one of the divisions of
Levites whose choirs and orchestration formed part of the Temple Service.
Music is quite important in the Bible.
[Psalms 85:1] LORD, THOU HAST BEEN FAVOURABLE UNTO THY LAND: THOU HAST BROUGHT
BACK THE CAPTIVITY OF JACOB.
This Psalm is pertinent to our own time where part of the
People of Judah have returned to their Land and despite problems and some
hardships are getting by reasonably well.
[Psalms 85:2] THOU HAST FORGIVEN THE INIQUITY OF THY PEOPLE, THOU HAST COVERED
ALL THEIR SIN. SELAH.
It may be that after the Pogroms in Eastern Europe
followed by the Holocaust that the Almighty absolved Judah of much of its
iniquity. It is as if the Jews have been given a second chance and are now being
shown favor by God.
[Psalms 85:3] THOU HAST TAKEN AWAY ALL THY WRATH: THOU HAST TURNED THYSELF FROM
THE FIERCENESS OF THINE ANGER.
[Psalms 85:4] TURN US, O GOD OF OUR SALVATION, AND CAUSE THINE ANGER TOWARD US
We ask God to help the rest of the Israelite Nation. We
ask HIM also to remove the vestiges of retribution for our sins that still
[Psalms 85:5] WILT THOU BE ANGRY WITH US FOR EVER? WILT THOU DRAW OUT THINE
ANGER TO ALL GENERATIONS?
There are still problems and dangers. We are afraid for
ourselves and our children. We are not perfect and know that if God wants to HE
can find plenty that is wrong with us and those around us. We ask God to show
mercy unto us and not visit us with temptation and tribulation.
[Psalms 85:6] WILT THOU NOT REVIVE US AGAIN: THAT THY PEOPLE MAY REJOICE IN
We ask the Almighty to keep us going and continue HIS
favor towards us and increase it and remove those signs of HIS displeasure that
occasionally perturb and threaten us and our offspring.
[Psalms 85:7] SHEW US THY MERCY, O LORD, AND GRANT US THY SALVATION.
Salvation from God involves the ability for us to do good
and not fall down as we have been liable to do in the past.
Salvation in Hebrew is "YESHA" from the root "Sh-A" which involves crying out
unto, being heard, being taken out of, providing resources (riches and honor),
[Psalms 85:8] I WILL HEAR WHAT GOD THE LORD WILL SPEAK: FOR HE WILL SPEAK PEACE
UNTO HIS PEOPLE, AND TO HIS SAINTS: BUT LET THEM NOT TURN AGAIN TO FOLLY.
Pease in Hebrew is Shalom involving wholeness, health,
contentment, lack of contention.
[Psalms 85:9] SURELY HIS SALVATION IS NIGH THEM THAT FEAR HIM; THAT GLORY MAY
DWELL IN OUR LAND.
The salvation of the Almighty is freely available. They
who fear God may reach out and receive HIS help. God wants those who fear HIM
to do well and be saved from troubles. They who fear the Almighty should
endeavor to do well since this is what God wants from us.
[Psalms 85:10] MERCY AND TRUTH ARE MET TOGETHER; RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PEACE HAVE
KISSED EACH OTHER.
Tell the truth, have mercy on others and on ourselves.
Avoid telling lies and giving the wrong impression. Have pity on your fellow
man. When one deceives another it hurts them even if the matter seems to be of
little consequence. It is as if one stole the trust of another and fouled
their honor. Most of the time people tell lies when there is no need for it and
where with a little tact and circumlocution when necessary the falsehood could
[Psalms 85:11] TRUTH SHALL SPRING OUT OF THE EARTH; AND RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALL LOOK
DOWN FROM HEAVEN.
Archaeological discoveries often reveal truths regarding
our past. This truth springing out of the earth. As truth increases so too does
the ability provided us from above to do good.
[Psalms 85:12] YEA, THE LORD SHALL GIVE THAT WHICH IS GOOD; AND OUR LAND SHALL
YIELD HER INCREASE.
We all have to work at something. There should be a
natural increase from our labor. Repentance and good works can enable this
increase to show an effect.
[Psalms 85:13] RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALL GO BEFORE HIM; AND SHALL SET US IN THE WAY OF
This verse in the Hebrew can also be understood as saying:
RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALL CAUSE THE ALMIGHTY TO BE PRESENT AND WHERE IT IS FOUND GOD
WILL CAUSE HIMSELF TO ALREADY BE THERE.