READ : Psalm 85
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak. (v. 8)
Psalm 85 is a prayer for deliverance. It speaks not only on behalf of individuals but is also a group lament: “Restore us again, O God of our salvation” (v. 4). It is a cry for help—for the salvation of the community.
Where does this salvation come from? It comes from the voice of God. “Let me hear what the Lord God will speak,” says the psalmist. Our God is a God who speaks. In the church we call this revelation. What God speaks, suggests the psalmist, will bring peace to his people. That is how we will know it is God’s voice.
Advent is a season when we wait for the revelation of God. It is when we anticipate God speaking to us in such a way that it will bring us peace. God’s peace-bringing revelation is Jesus. Jesus is the Word of peace that God speaks to all creation. Peace means more than the absence of conflict. In the Bible, peace is shalom, a communal webbing together of God, humanity, and all creation in a flourishing of justice, fulfillment, and delight. It is far more than an individual experience. It is a communal reality ordered and made possible by the Word God has spoken to a world crying for help.
God, weave us together into a new experience of shalom.