Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin.
You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.
Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.
Food For Thought:
In this passage, the Psalmist cries out to God for mercy. Think about the word mercy. How would you define it? How have you seen God’s mercy at work in the world? What does it feel like to know that you can receive God’s forgiveness no matter what?
God of majestic glory,
in humility you have revealed yourself
in the incarnation of your Son, Jesus Christ,
who took the lowest place among us
that we might be raised to the heights of divinity.
Teach us to walk the path he prepared for us,
so that we might take a place at the table with all who seek the joy of his kingdom. Amen.
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