Have you ever reminded the Lord of his mercy toward you? Repeat back the play-by-play of how God has saved you and lifted you up? Shown mercy and not held your sin against you? When we remind God of his mercy and love, we remind ourselves that God is good…
1 You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people
and covered all their sins.
3 You set aside all your wrath
and turned from your fierce anger.
4 Restore us again, God our Savior,
and put away your displeasure toward us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your unfailing love, Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
8 I will listen to what God the Lord says;
he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—
but let them not turn to folly.
9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Love and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.
The psalmist reminds God of his faithfulness to his people – of his forgiveness and the turning away of his anger. We shouldn’t hesitate to do this in our relationships with God. This is a pattern of Scripture which reinforces our understanding of God’s ways and his unfailing mercy. When we remind God of his benevolent nature, we remind ourselves of the caring and forgiving nature of God.
On this basis, we can cry out, ‘restore us’ to the Lord, asking him to put his displeasure away and revive us to the highest place of relationship with him. This is the place of rejoicing. This is the place where we are no longer under the weight of our sin and our waywardness.
We cry out that we will listen to his words; the promises of peace to his people who serve him, and nearness for those who fear him. His glory will dwell in our land. And when this happens, love and faithfulness meet. Righteousness and peace kiss. Righteousness goes before the Lord and prepares the way for his steps.
Oh Lord, may we be reminded of your ways,
And may we repeat them back to you as praise,
And thanksgiving for your love and mercy.