8I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
9Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
We hear this phrase spoken, "It's all good." However, is it? After reading the verses shown above from Psalm 85, we can certainly say, "It's all good!"
We live in a time when we hardly know what it means to fear God. We may fear our families, friends, neighbors, acquaintances--at least we may fear what they think of us--but, to fear God hardly even enters our thoughts or minds. Everything we can see, feel, and touch is relevant, but spiritual things are just that--spiritual, and not necessarily relevant to every day life.
The concept of a God who needs to be fear is not much to our liking. A God of love who bestows all kindness and grace upon us is quite nice, just so we do not get too serious about Him, let alone need to fear Him.
However, to fear God does not mean to live in terror of Him, although if we do not fear Him we should live in terror of Him! To fear God means to love Him and to desire His will to be done, instead of our own will. Again, that is not a very popular view. We feel quite put off with the idea of anyone tampering with our free will, much less desiring to obey the will of another.
As Christians, however, we have come to realize that, apart from God, we are only evil continually. Our own desires are far removed from Godliness and holiness. We are creatures of this world, and are immersed in all of the pleasures and delights of this world. In Christ, however, a change occurs in our innermost being. Rather than serving our selfishness, we seek to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and His holiness. We begin to fear and revere His name.
In reflecting upon this, the psalmist urges the Lord's people not to turn again to folly, but rather to hear what the Lord speaks, and turn back to Him. Then, God's salvation will be near to them and glory may again dwell in their land.
We like to think of politics and morality as being separated from one another--like our idea of the separation of church and state. However, morality and politics should go hand in hand. A government that fears the Lord will reap the blessings of the Lord. This was demonstrated time and again with the nation of Israel. God blessed the nation when their kings feared and served Him, but brought calamity upon them when they served the gods of the surrounding nations.
The next time you hear the phrase, "It's all good," I encourage you to think about whether it really is all good or not. For the nation, and for the person, who fears God, it is, indeed, all good!
God Bless You,