9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, so our land will be filled with his glory.
Psalm 85:9 (NLT)
Welcome to the series of my study of Psalm 85. In the above verse, we shall look at the positive attitude of the writer. He was convincing himself that God was about to deliver him and his nation. The term “salvation” refers to deliverance from the troubles he faced that time. His entire nation was oppressed by external forces and they were poor due to high tributes demanded by their oppressors. He longed for the days where this country was strong and rich. This was why he prayed the prayers of Psalm 85 to seek God to forgive his people and restore their fortunes.
Verse 9 shows that he prayed with a positive attitude. He prayed with confidence that the salvation of God is near. Does this sound familiar to you? Let me remind you of what Jesus said about prayers.
24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.
Mark 11:24 (NLT)
As an engineer, I do not pray empty prayers. I pray for real results. I expect all my prayers to work. According to the Bible, there is only one condition for our prayers to work – pray in faith. In other words, we do not pray with negative attitudes. Otherwise, it is a waste of time. God expects us to believe that we will receive when we pray. Only then will we receive what we pray for. The writer of Psalm 85 did the right thing. How about you? Do you pray to fulfill a religious ritual? Or do you pray for results?
The subsequent part of Psalm 85:9 tells us the condition for God’s salvation.
“Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him” The following is the excerpt from my past article explaining the meaning of fearing God.
What is the fear of the Lord? Do we fear the Lord the way we fear monsters? If you are afraid of frogs, do you imagine God as a big frog in order to fear him? If God is to pay you a personal visit and say “hi”, will you scream and run away in fright like the characters you watch in the horror movies?
If you are to search the Bible, you will find that none of those people who had contact with God behaved like the characters in horror movies. They feared God but their fear was not the same as the horror movie fear. What exactly is the fear of God?
Let us examine the following verse:
10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God
and serve only him.’”
Matthew 4:10 (NLT)
The above were Jesus’ words when he was tempted by Satan to worship the latter. Jesus quoted the Scriptures and said, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”. If you check the footnotes in your Bible, it will tell you that Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy 6:13. Let us see what it says.
13 You must fear the LORD your God and serve him. When you take an oath, you must use only his name.
Deuteronomy 6:13 (NLT)
Notice the difference? Deuteronomy 6:13 never said anything about worshipping God. It speaks of fearing the Lord. Somehow, Jesus interpreted fear as worship. Therefore, to fear God is to worship God.
(End of excerpt.)
Therefore worshipping God will cause his salvation to be near.
The last part of Psalm 85:9 says, “so our land will be filled with his glory.” The salvation of the Lord will cause our land to be filled with his glory. What do you think your land will look like when it is filled with God’s glory. It must be a land of shalom. (I suggest you look to the previous article when I have shown the full meaning of shalom.)
It must be a place where people live in peace and prosperity. No one will die of hunger. Every child will go to school instead of working as slaves in factories, mines or brothels. Every sick person will get the necessary medical treatment. Every citizen will get to know the God who loves him. Such is the land filled with God’s glory.