Ps 85:1-13. On the ground of former mercies, the
Psalmist prays for renewed blessings, and, confidently expecting them,
1. captivity—not necessarily the
Babylonian, but any great evil (Ps 14:7).
2, 3. (Compare Ps 32:1-5).
3. To turn from the "fierceness," implies that
He was reconcilable, though
4-7. having still occasion for the anger which
5. draw out—or, "prolong" (Ps 36:10).
8. He is confident God will favor His penitent
people (Ps 51:17; 80:18).
saints—as in Ps 4:3, the "godly."
9. They are here termed "them that fear
him"; and grace produces glory (Ps 84:11).
10. God's promises of "mercy" will be verified
by His "truth" (compare Ps 25:10; 40:10); and the "work of righteousness" in His
holy government shall be "peace" (Isa 32:17). There is an implied contrast with a
dispensation under which God's truth sustains His threatened wrath, and
His righteousness inflicts misery on the wicked.
11. Earth and heaven shall abound with the
blessings of this government;
12, 13. and, under this, the deserted land
shall be productive, and men be "set," or guided in God's holy ways.
Doubtless, in this description of God's returning favor, the writer had
in view that more glorious period, when Christ shall establish His
government on God's reconciled justice and abounding mercy.