Psalms 85: The Gift of God
Psalms 85 is asking God to not forget His people and to help bring them back into a right relationship with Him. We began by reading that God forgave the people previously and brought them out of captivity (I would assume both literal and spiritual in this case). Now, the people of Israel need that again.
Psa 85:4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.
Psa 85:5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?
Psa 85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
Psa 85:7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
I find it interesting that we hear the Psalmist asking God to revive us again. Obviously, that implies that we cannot revive ourselves. We cannot bring ourselves back into an appropriate relationship with God. It seems that there is a way to be revived, but it is not based on our human capabilities.
Verse seven says it pretty well. God grants salvation to us. It is a free gift that is given to us rather than something that we can earn or purchase.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This is obviously at the heart of it all. Salvation needs to be something that comes from God. The Bible is clear on this issue. God will revive us from our dead state in sin. We are spiritually dead until we accept the salvation of Jesus Christ. Then, we are revived.
It is not rocket science, and it is not some major secret. This is a central theme throughout the Bible regarding the gift of salvation that comes from God. I hope that this is clear. It has eternal implications.