Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 18, 2016

“Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 85.

“O Lord, You showed favor to Your land;
You restored the captivity of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of Your people;
You covered all their sin.  Selah.
3 You withdrew all Your fury;
You turned away from Your burning anger.

4 Restore us, O God of our salvation,
And cause Your indignation toward us to cease.
5 Will You be angry with us forever?
Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?
6 Will You not Yourself revive us again,
That Your people may rejoice in You?
7 Show us Your lovingkindness, O Lord,
And grant us Your salvation.

8 I will hear what God the Lord will say;
For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones;
But let them not turn back to folly.
9 Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land.
10 Lovingkindness and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth springs from the earth,
And righteousness looks down from heaven.
12 Indeed, the Lord will give what is good,
And our land will yield its produce.
13 Righteousness will go before Him
And will make His footsteps into a way.”  Psalm chapter 85.

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We want lovingkindness.

“Show us Your lovingkindness, O Lord,
And grant us Your salvation.”  Verse 7.

But, there is the truth of our sin, and God is a just God Who shows His justice by punishing sin.

How can lovingkindness and truth meet together as stated in the following Scripture?

“Lovingkindness and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.”  Verse 10.

The answer is in the Person and the propitiation.

For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.  For the Law was given through Moses;  grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.”  John 1:16-17.

“Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life;  no one comes to the Father but through Me.”  John 14:6.

The propitiation was Christ’s sacrifice on the cross in which Christ took on Himself the sins of God’s elect and the just punishment in order to appease or satisfy the wrath of God and demand of justice.

“But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;  whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith.  This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;  for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”  John 3:21-26.

“By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, …”  Proverbs 16:6.

And, it even gets better.

How can righteousness and peace kiss each other?

Because God is a just God, God not only punishes sin, God rewards righteousness by giving peace.

“And the work of righteousness will be peace,
And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.”  Isaiah 32:17.

The answer again is in the Person Jesus Christ, the “Prince of Peace”. 

“6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.”  Isaiah 9:6.

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;  Lovingkindness and truth go before You.”  Psalm 89:4.


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