Lord, you showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave your people’s guilt; you covered all their sin. Psalm 85:1–2
This week's text is a call for God to bring peace into the land and into the peoples lives. There are deep descriptions of tumultuous circumstances that are invading the writer and his people. There is a knowledge that peace only comes in the salvation that God provides. God restores peace with his people by bringing his love and truth. But it is also contingent upon God's people to listen to his words and not return to foolish ways (see Psalm 85:8). This is how God's peace is fostered in our hearts and lives.