March 17, Reading 2 – Psalm 85, 86

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SAA Notes

The sons of Korah beg God for revival! Can we do any less today? Consider what David says about God in 86:5, 15. How can such knowledge help you persevere with God in prayer?

SJA Notes

“Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”

It is important to know that we can see these powerful attributes and characteristics throughout God’s word.

We can see them in the saving of Moses as a little one. In his journey back to Egypt. In the Lord choosing and calling him, and in his leading Israel of slavery to the promised land.

We can see them in Rahab of Jericho, a prostitute. The city of Jericho had rejected God. But Rahab believed, she feared the Lord and her faith was rewarded. Rahab became part of God’s blessing to all nations through Abraham.

We can see them in Ruth. Ruth was a foreigner, a Moabite. Ruth did not follow her ancestor Lot’s example. Instead she grasped hold of the faith of her mother-in-law Naomi and was grafted into the line of David, and ultimately of Jesus (just like Rahab)!

We see them in David who had a heart after God’s own heart. He was a shepherd of the people, and he points us to Jesus.

Most clearly and fully we see them in Jesus. In Him we see God’s steadfast love and faithfulness meet. In Him we see righteousness and peace kiss each other.

Jesus is the king of righteousness and of peace (Hebrews 7).

And more, His people obtain His righteousness and peace.

In Romans 3 we read,

“… The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus for all who believe.”

And in John 14 we read,

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.”

Our King Jesus makes us right. His rightness stands in our place before God! And what’s more, He gives us a peace like nothing the world can give.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* God of grace and mercy,

Please show us Jesus today as we read Your word.

Please help us show Jesus today to those around us.

Amen.

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