“Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.”
Psalm 85 begins by testifying to God’s already finished saving work; it sings of a fait accompli. God’s salvation is a done deal.
Then the situation changes: “Restore us again,” the psalmist pleads. “Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?”
So now it seems as though God’s salvation is a done deal, and yet the people are still waiting for it. Strange.
For Christians however, we can relate. We look back to God’s accomplished salvation in Christ, and it is a done deal. Yet we look around and see a world still broken. sin has not been vanquished, shalom does not yet prevail.
In Advent, we look forward to the time when God will make clear and complete what is already finished in Christ. We look forward to a time when “faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from on high.” A time when God’s kingdom of peace will fill the earth.
Let us pray: Loving God, in this season of Advent give us patience as we wait for Your seemingly hidden kingdom to burst forth from the ground and rain down from the sky, until righteousness and peace fill all things. This we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.