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Summer in the Psalms - Awe
Psalm 85:8-13 (NIV)
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
8I will listen to what God the Lord says;
he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—
but let them not turn to folly.
9Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10Love and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness looks down from heaven.
12The Lord will indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
13Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.
1. Remembering God’s faithfulness.
I will listen to what God the Lord says… but let them not turn to folly
¹You, Lord, showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. 3You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger. 4Restore us again, God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us. 5Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations? 6Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? 7Show us your unfailing love, Lord, and grant us your salvation. Psalm 85:1-7 (NIV)
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. Psalm 77:11 (NIV)
2. Trusting the character and generosity of God.
Surely his salvation is near… The Lord will indeed give what is good
▪ love ▪ faithfulness ▪ righteousness ▪ peace
Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. 5You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. Psalm 65:4-5 (NIV)
3. Seeing God on the journey with us.
Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3 (NIV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to] him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5–6 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NIV)