The Unfailing Love Of God

3 You held back your fury. You kept back your blazing anger.
4 Now restore us again, O God of our salvation. Put aside your anger against us once more.
5 Will you be angry with us always? Will you prolong your wrath to all generations?
6 Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?
7 Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation
Psalm 85:3-7 (NLT)

I am continuing in the series on Psalm 85. In this article, we shall zoom into a specific characteristic of God which the writer was trying to take advantage on in the above verses – his unfailing love.

Verse 3 speaks of God’s anger and fury. The truth is God can get angry. I am sure religious churches will stop here and use this to threaten their members into obedience. However, this is not the message in this verse. God may have anger and fury but his love for us is far greater than his anger and fury. What does this mean to us?

No matter how many mistakes you have made or how much have you messed up your life, God will never show his anger to you. We must never avoid God as though he is still angry with us. We must always see him as the solution and not the source of our problems. Whenever we make any mistakes, we can go to him and expect him to comfort and help us. He is always on our side and never shows us his anger. The idea of God unleashing his fury on us for any reason is a lie from religion.

In Verse 4-7, the writer was pleading to God for the restoration of his people. Let us study in detail.

Now restore us again, O God of our salvation.
Psalm 85:4 (NLT)

I like the word “again”. This means God had restored his people and he will do it again. The writer must have known of God’s track record for him to pray such prayers. The phase, “God of our salvation” tells us that the writer saw God as the source of his salvation, not condemnation nor oppression. God is our savior. He saves and delivers us from every oppression and bondage. He is not our oppressor. He is not the pervert who goes around making people poor and sick. Religious people may have problems understanding such simple engineering truths but not Christians. Our God is a God of our salvation. He had restored us before and he will do it again.

Put aside your anger against us once more.
Psalm 85:4 (NLT)

This verse was written before Jesus died at the Cross. The sins of the people were covered by animal blood. Animals’ blood can only cover, not cleanse sins. As such, the anger of God was still there. This was why the writer pleaded to God to put aside his anger in order for God to bless him and his people. He knew God would not remove his anger. He definitely knew his way to get rich. This is a great lesson for us.

If those people under the Law could be blessed, how much more are our blessings as Christians? Their righteousness was from the regular sacrifices of animals but ours is from the sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son. They could plead for God to set aside his anger. We don’t even have God’s anger anymore. At Cross, God poured out all his anger to Jesus. Jesus took the penalty of God’s anger on our behalf. This means God will never be angry with us. He has no more anger.

Will you be angry with us always? Will you prolong your wrath to all generations?
Psalm 85:5 (NLT)

Poor folks. They had to endure God’s anger when they made mistakes but the writer sure knew his way. Such questions show that he knew God will never be angry forever. Even in those days where Jesus had not died for their sins, God was still very merciful to his people. No matter how many mistakes they have made, God had never allow his anger to last for long. His greatest desire is to bless and not to curse his people.

6 Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?
7 Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation
Psalm 85:6-7 (NLT)

Look at how this guy is pleading. He was taking advantage of God’s unfailing love in order to have God to put aside his anger and restore his people. This guy knew how to capitalize on God’s love. God’s desire is always to show his unfailing love to his people and his people to rejoice in him. The writer must be an engineer. This is how God wants Christians to behave. Read the Bible and learn how good and loving our God is. Make use of them in order to live the life he wants us to live- prosperity in every area in our lives.

God gave us the Bible for us to bring prosperity into our lives. It gives him glory when we use the Bible for our prosperity. The Bible is never meant to be a theology book. It is purely engineering. Each time you pick up a Bible, you need to remind yourself that you are holding an engineering book that was designed to bring prosperity into your life. Reading the Bible will never be the same again.

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One Response to “The Unfailing Love Of God”

  1. What do you know about Love? Friday, September 4, 2008 « CAFE SOZO Says:

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