Psalm 85: Revive Us Again

Originally posted by Pastor Andrew Packer

(13 verses, 1:01 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • Many believe this Psalm is a prayer after the exiles returned from Babylon. So the Psalmist remembers what God has done, prays for Him to continue to restore them, and looks forward in hope to what God has promised for them.


  • Remembering Former Mercies (1-3)
  • Prayer for Restoration (4-7)
  • Pause for Reflection (8-9)
  • A Glorious Future (10-13)


  • The psalmist gives thanks to God that He remembered them and has brought them back from Babylonian exile. What God has done in the past for His people, is the foundation upon which he prays for God to help them again. (1-3)
  • If you look in Ezra and Nehemiah you can see all the problems they had in rebuilding the walls, the city, and the temple. The LORD’s enemies did not want to see these things rebuilt.  In the midst of this opposition, the people cry out to the LORD to bless their work. (4-7)
  • There is a pause to reflect on God’s Holy Word and here what He says about their situation and what He has promised them. (8-9)
  • Luther saw the closing section as a prophecy of Christ. In Christ, love and faithfulness, righteousness and peace are all found. (10-13)


  • God speaks to us through His Word and restores us and revives us.  Through His Word He gives us forgiveness, life, and salvation.  Through His Word He strengthens and encourages us. When faced with God’s wrath (and in the context of this Psalm Luther saw God’s wrath as evidence of the lack of God’s Word and the true preaching of it; peace and good government; and even lack of fruitful harvest), we plead for His grace – knowing that He alone can restore and revive us.  Through His Word He gives us what is good and through His Word He gives us the hope that He will fulfill His promises for us.
  • Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word:

Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word;
Curb those who by deceit or sword
Would wrest the kingdom from Your Son
And bring to naught all He has done.

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-Pastor Andrew Packer


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