The Nearness of Salvation

Jill Ver Steeg

READ : Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. (v. 9)

Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! The psalmist knows God’s track record. In the past God has been favorable and merciful to his people, relenting from anger and forgiving sins. The psalmist listens for God’s word, God’s word of peace to his people, for the psalmist believes that because God has been faithful to forgive the sins of his people in the past, God will surely come again to make all things new.

“Restore us again, O God of our salvation,” (v. 4) we cry. We wait for the final redemption of our sins. We listen for God’s word of peace. We long for God to show us his steadfast love. And then, on a hillside, to a lowly band of shepherds watching their flocks, comes a chorus of angel messengers who herald the news: “For unto you is born this day . . . a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:11, 14).

On earth, peace. Jesus Christ has come into the world and has led the way through death that we may have life. On earth, peace. Jesus Christ is coming again to make all things new. Thanks be to God.


O God of our salvation, restore to us the fullness of your shalom. To your glory alone. Amen.