Ezekiel 35 & Psalm 85

Ezekiel 35

    The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir, and prophesy against it, and say to it, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, Mount Seir, and I will stretch out my hand against you, and I will make you a desolation and a waste. I will lay your cities waste, and you shall become a desolation, and you shall know that I am the LORD. Because you cherished perpetual enmity and gave over the people of Israel to the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, at the time of their final punishment, therefore, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; because you did not hate bloodshed, therefore blood shall pursue you. I will make Mount Seir a waste and a desolation, and I will cut off from it all who come and go. And I will fill its mountains with the slain. On your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those slain with the sword shall fall. I will make you a perpetual desolation, and your cities shall not be inhabited. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

    “Because you said, ‘These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will take possession of them’—although the LORD was there—therefore, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will deal with you according to the anger and envy that you showed because of your hatred against them. And I will make myself known among them, when I judge you. And you shall know that I am the LORD.

    “I have heard all the revilings that you uttered against the mountains of Israel, saying, ‘They are laid desolate; they are given us to devour.’ And you magnified yourselves against me with your mouth, and multiplied your words against me; I heard it. Thus says the Lord GOD: While the whole earth rejoices, I will make you desolate. As you rejoiced over the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so I will deal with you; you shall be desolate, Mount Seir, and all Edom, all of it. Then they will know that I am the LORD.

(Ezekiel 35 ESV)

Psalm 85

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

    LORD, you were favorable to your land;
        you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
    You forgave the iniquity of your people;
        you covered all their sin. Selah
    You withdrew all your wrath;
        you turned from your hot anger.
    Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
        and put away your indignation toward us!
    Will you be angry with us forever?
        Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
    Will you not revive us again,
        that your people may rejoice in you?
    Show us your steadfast love, O LORD,
        and grant us your salvation.
    Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
        for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
        but let them not turn back to folly.
    Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
        that glory may dwell in our land.
    Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
        righteousness and peace kiss each other.
    Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
        and righteousness looks down from the sky.
    Yes, the LORD will give what is good,
        and our land will yield its increase.
    Righteousness will go before him
        and make his footsteps a way.

(Psalm 85 ESV)

Restoration and Revival


Psalm 85 is another lament concerning the displeasure of God towards the unfaithfulness of His people. The psalmist prays on behalf of God's people by calling upon the attributes of God described by God Himself when He revealed Himself to Moses at Sinai.

The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation." (Exodus 34)

Although our own sin or the sins of others against us can cause circumstances of distress, we can pray with confidence as we call upon the steadfast love, faithfulness and righteousness of God. God works for the restoration of His people and sparks revival among hearts that are humbled by sin and hungering for His righteousness.