Today’s Reading: Psalms 81-87
Today’s Reflection: Psalms 85:4-7
4) Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! 5) Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? 6) Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? 7) Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
One of the most compelling aspects of the Psalms is their frank honesty. Not only did they sing the praises of God and articulate His wonders and majesty, they also discussed man’s relationship with God, both the ups and the downs. Psalms 85 was a plea to God for restoration and forgiveness from sins they had committed. The psalmist asked God a provocative question: Will you be angry with us forever?
If you are a human being and you have a relationship with God, the issue of sin pervades it. The Word tells us sin causes separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). Sin makes it impossible for our relationship with God to grow and for us to fulfill our God-given purpose in life. Sin darkens the beauty of the communion God desires to share with us. If you’ve struggled with habitual sin and seen the chaos it can wreak in your life, you may believe God’s anger has pronounced judgment on you. You may have asked, will God be mad at me forever?
But Psalms 85 begins by remembering how God has forgiven the children of Israel for their sins and restored the nation, withdrawing His wrath and hot anger (vs 3). The Psalm goes on to faithfully proclaim this forgiveness will rise for God’s people again, showing confidence in God’s “steadfast love” (vs 7), belief that “salvation is near to those who fear him” (vs 9), and surety that “the Lord will give what is good” (vs 12).
So in answer to the question, no, God will not be angry forever, not with those who meet his steadfast love with faithfulness (vs 9).
Psalm 30:5 – For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.