Psalm 85 contains, in my view, two of the most beautiful verses in the whole Bible:
Mercy and truth are met together: righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth shall flourish out of the earth: and righteousness hath looked down from heaven.
But we live in a culture that has divorced and separated mercy and truth. On the one hand the ‘truth-telling of a call-out culture shows no mercy, and on the other, the apparent mercy of laissez faire indifference, or instant affirmation of every behaviour, shows scant regard for truth. But what God has joined together we should not put asunder, and in Christ the prophecy of this psalm finds fulfilment, for when we behold his glory we find, as John the evangelist said, that it is ‘full of grace and truth’. And so it was that in my psalm I prayed for a healing of our split culture, and prayed to Cjrost that he would join together what we have split asunder.
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His peace refreshes like a holy well,
His mercy turns me round and quickens me,
Lifts me a little higher for each fall.
And now within this psalm he summons me
To hear a truth my nation has ignored,
A truth forgotten in captivity.
So open me afresh to hear this word:
Mercy and truth are met together, peace
And righteousness have kissed each other. Lord
How is it we have sundered them? Can peace
Be founded where there is no righteousness?
Some speak the truth, but speak it with out grace
And, calling others out, are merciless.
Lord, join together all that we have sundered
That we may flourish in your tenderness.
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