I am listening to what the LORD God is saying;
he promises peace to us, his own people,
if we do not go back to our foolish ways.
Surely he is ready to save those who honour him,
and his saving presence will remain in our land. (verses 8, 9)
Read Psalm 85:8-13
Who are you listening to? Where do you go to get answers for your questions?
A friend of mine, now a priest in another denomination, once told me how in earlier years he had turned to astrology to find out what he wanted to know. For a while it seemed to satisfy him, until he noticed how full of deceit the whole business was. He had been fed a daily menu of half-truths, where things were never quite false but weren’t quite true either. He ended up saying, ‘Satan has become an expert at drawing us into his web of half truths, and he holds us there in his trap’.
Jesus says, ‘Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28). When you listen to Jesus, you never end up with half-truths; you get what he promises. He will always give you the right answer, the answer that will satisfy. The psalm writer trusted in God and was speaking from experience when he said, ‘Surely he is ready to save those who honour him’.
Lord, open my ears to what you are saying. Help me to trust in your promises, and fill my life with your peace always. Amen.
by Len Tscharke, in ‘Assurance for each Day’ (LCA, Openbook, 2004)
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