10 Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!
Psalm 85:10-11 (NLT)
Welcome to my study of Psalm 85.As we have read in the earlier verses, Psalm 85 is a record of an engineer’s prayer for the restoration of the strength and prosperity of his country. This is the type of prayers that the religious people will love to hate. Anyone who prays similar prayers today will be automatically labeled as “Prosperity Gospel”.
Some people may want to point out to me that the profession of engineers did not exist at that time. So, I would like to clarify that when I call the writer of this psalm as an engineer, I am referring to his mindset. He had a positive and constructive mentality. This is the characteristic of an engineer. God himself is an engineer. Anyone who habitually spends quality time with God will develop such mentality.
In this article, we shall look into a spiritual breakthrough. I suspect this guy did not know the true meaning of Psalm 85:10. Somehow, God had piggy-backed his prayers to deliver a prophecy on the result of what Jesus did at the Cross. Why is that so?
If you read the above verse carefully, there is only one event that can fit perfectly into it – Jesus death at the Cross. The writer was describing the result of the Cross. His original intention was to plead to God to put aside his anger and restore his nation. Yet, God had chosen to use this prayer to deliver a prophecy. This tells us that our God is capable of enriching our prayers. So, we should pray more. It does not matter if your prayers are only on material blessings like the guy who wrote Psalm 85. He can use our prayers to enrich us spiritually.
Let me explain on why I call the above verse as a prophecy on the result of Jesus’ death at the Cross. It says, “Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed.” It describes the combination of two components:
1. Unfailing love + truth
2. Righteousness + peace
Let us study in detail. The love of God for us is unfailing. God has unfailing love for us. No matter how much we have failed or how many mistakes we have made, God still loves us. His greatest desire is to with us. However he is also the God of truth. The truth is the human race is tainted with sin since Adam and Eve decided to rebel against God. God and sin do not mix. There is no way in the natural for the members of the sinful human race to be united with the holy God. This is the truth.
At the Cross, Jesus solved this problem. When Jesus died at the Cross, he took the penalty for all our sins. Anyone who believes is righteous in the sight of God. We are no longer sinful because the blood of Jesus has washed us clean. Now that we have no sin and righteous in God’s sight, we are in position to be with God and receive his unfailing love.
The second part of Verse 10 says, “Righteousness and peace have kissed!” The moment believed in Jesus and receive him as our savior, we are declared righteous. We are Christ-Righteous and not Self Righteous. This means our righteousness comes from Jesus’ works at the Cross and not from our personal performance. Our righteousness is independent from our personal mistakes and sinful acts because it is through faith and not works.
Since righteousness and peace have kissed, we Christians have the peace from God. As I have presented in the earlier article, the term “peace” in Hebrew is different from the “peace” in English. The Hebrew word is “shalom” and this is what it means:
Strong’s Concordance 7965 – Hebrew Shalom ….. A word study in the New King James version for SHALOM says: Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
So, “shalom” basically covers everything. Prosperity is a part of it. The writer had “stumbled” on the greatest prophecy of all time. God had used his prayers for the restoration of his country into a medium in delivering the prophecy on the result of Jesus ultimate works at the Cross.