For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
1 YOU, LORD, Showed Favor To YOUR Land;
YOU Restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2YOU Forgave the iniquity of YOUR people
and Covered all their sins.
3YOU Set Aside all YOUR Wrath
and Turned from YOUR Fierce Anger.
4Restore us again, GOD our SAVIOR,
and Put Away YOUR Displeasure Toward us.
5Will YOU Be Angry With us forever?
Will YOU Prolong YOUR Anger through all generations?
6Will YOU Not Revive us again,
that YOUR people may rejoice in YOU?
7Show us YOUR Unfailing Love, LORD,
and Grant us YOUR Salvation.
8I will listen to What GOD The LORD Says;
HE Promises peace to HIS people, HIS faithful servants—
but Let them not turn to folly.
9Surely HIS Salvation Is Near those who fear HIM,
that HIS Glory May Dwell in our land.
10 Love and Faithfulness meet together;
Righteousness and Peace kiss each other.
11Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and Righteousness looks down from heaven.
12The LORD Will indeed Give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
13Righteousness goes before HIM
and prepares the way for HIS Steps.
Interpreters are generally of the opinion that this psalm was penned after the return of the Jews out of their captivity in Babylon, when they still remained under some tokens of GOD'S Displeasure, which they here pray for the removal of it. And nothing appears to the contrary, but that it might be penned then, as well as Psalm 137.
I. Here is the dove sent forth in prayer. The petitions are against sin and wrath (v. 4) and for Mercy and Grace (v. 7). The pleas are taken from former favors (v. 1-3) and present distresses (v. 5, 6).
II. Here is the dove returning with an olive branch of peace and good tidings; the psalmist expects her return (v. 8) and then recounts the favors to GOD'S Israel which by The SPIRIT of Prophecy he gave assurance of it to others, and by the spirit of faith he took the assurance of it to himself (v. 9-13).