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Psalms, chapter 85


May God transform our lives.May mercy, truth, justice and peace be our way of life.

Our Bible reading for today is from Psalms 85, the verse of reference in  is: 

 “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other” (Psalms 85:10 NIV).

Lesson:

Cultivate four virtues, to live a transformed life.

Historical commentary. – Many scholars believe that this Psalm was written after the return from the Babylonian captivity, possibly around the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. Psalm 85 expresses the desire of the people of God to feel close to Him in situations of difficulty, fear, or physical, economic or spiritual problems

Mercy. – This word has the connotation of goodness and unfailing love, grace and faithfulness. This word is used 240 times in the Old Testament and is one of the most important terms in the theological and ethical vocabulary. One can identify three fundamental meanings of mercy and that we practice every day: strength, perseverance and love. 

Truth. – The primary meaning of truth in Hebrew, is trust and loyalty and reliability. Things are true when they are reliable and meet the expectations faithfully through what it offers. The fruit of living in truth will manifest itself through honesty, sincerity and good faith.

Justice. – Justice is the legal right, whether natural, moral or legal, by which one acts with fairness, loyalty and truthfulness. Our challenge is to fulfill the divine command: “‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” (Leviticus 19:15). 

Peace. – Shalom is a very important term in the Old Testament, it is mentioned 237 times. It means, happy, friendly, health, prosperity, happy, peaceful, well-being and health. Shalom is a condition of the soul and the mind that encourages the development of skills and capabilities. Let us live in peace with God, with ourselves and with others.

Prayer 

We praise your name dear father. You are the origin of all mercy, truth, justice and peace. We ask that these qualities can be part of our lives and be manifested in our daily life. In the name of Jesus, amen.

By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo Rios
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