Verse 7. Shew us thy mercy, O LORD. Reveal it to our poor half blinded eyes. We cannot see it or believe it by reason of our long woes, but thou canst make it plain to us. Others have beheld it, Lord shew it to us. We have seen thine anger, Lord let us see thy mercy. Thy prophets have told us of it, but O Lord, do thou thyself display it in this our hour of need.
And grant us thy salvation. This includes deliverance from the sin as well as the chastisement, it reaches from the depth of their misery to the height of divine love. God's salvation is perfect in kind, comprehensive in extent, and eminent in degree; grant us this, O Lord, and we have all.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 6-7. See Psalms on "Psalms 85:6" for further information.
Verse 7. Thy mercy. It is not merely of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, but all is mercy, from first to last, -- mercy that met us by the way, -- mercy that looked upon us in our misery, -- mercy that washed us from our sins in his own blood, -- mercy that covered our nakedness and clad us in his own robe of righteousness, -- mercy that led and guided us by the way, -- and mercy that will never leave nor forsake us till mercy has wrought its perfect work in the eternal salvation of our souls through Jesus Christ. Barton Bouchier.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
- Salvation is God's work: Thy salvation.
- The plan is his.
- The provision is his.
- The condition is his.
- The application is his.
- The consummation is his.
- Salvation is God's gift.
- Of his mercy: Show us thy mercy.
- Of his grace: Grant us, etc.
- Salvation is God's answer to prayer.
- It is the first object of prayer.
- It includes every other.