Psalm 85: Need for God’s Favor

Under what conditions can we enjoy God’s favor?

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Psalm 85:1 To the minister of music, a song for the people of Korah.
Lord, you delivered Jacob’s descendants from captivity and favored us with your land.
King James
Psalm 85:1 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.> Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.

How does God remove people’s guilt?

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Psalm 85:2 You forgave your people for their sinful desires and took away their guilt. Pause to think about how wonderful that is.
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Psalm 85:2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.

Why do forgiven Christians sometimes not feel forgiven?

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Psalm 85:2 You forgave your people for their sinful desires and took away their guilt. Pause to think about how wonderful that is.
King James
Psalm 85:2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.

What makes God angry with his people? What causes that anger to cease?

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Psalm 85:3–4 You turned from your fierce anger and withdrew your punishment.
God of our salvation, bring us back to you and let your anger cease.
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Psalm 85:3–4 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger. Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.

How is God’s anger revealed?

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Psalm 85:5 Will you always be angry with us and our descendants?
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Psalm 85:5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?

What makes a “fresh start” difficult?

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Psalm 85:6 Won’t you give us a fresh start so your people can rejoice in you?
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Psalm 85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

In what ways can God make his love known?

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Psalm 85:7 Make your great love known, Lord, by delivering us.
Hebrews 12:6 God is like a loving father, correcting his children and allowing them to endure hard times because he wants the best for them.
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Psalm 85:7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

What does it mean for a Christian to “act foolishly”?

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Psalm 85:8 I will listen to what the Lord God says, for he will speak peace to his people, those who faithfully serve him and will not act foolishly.
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Psalm 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.

What kind of flourishing can we expect if we don’t own any land?

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Psalm 85:9 Those who revere God will experience his deliverance, and their land will flourish.
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Psalm 85:9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

What do truth and love have in common?

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Psalm 85:10 Truth and love work together. Peace and doing what is right are close relatives.
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Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

How does doing what is right bring peace?

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Psalm 85:10 Truth and love work together. Peace and doing what is right are close relatives.
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Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Which is a better encourager of righteousness, love or law? Why?

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Psalm 85:11 As justice looks down from above, faithfulness rises from the earth.
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Psalm 85:11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

How does doing what is right affect the harvest?

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Psalm 85:12–13 Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield an abundant harvest.
Wherever he goes, God follows what is right.
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Psalm 85:12–13 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.