Psalms 85: an insight

10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. [KJV]

10 Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. [NIV]

10Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. [NASB]

This verse (various translations above) looks wrong at first glance. The key terms in this verse seem to contradict each other. Recall the Ribena’s disturbing advertisement about Ribena’s purple and yellow blobs flicking stones, and then falling in love. This weird combination applies to the verse above.

How can MERCY and TRUTH, if they are human beings, see eye to eye? How can RIGHTEOUSNESS and PEACE even fall in love with each other.

Mercy speaks of forgiveness, love and being forbearing. Truth speaks of enforcing justice, correction and no deviation from the ‘right’ way. You can’t reconcile these two terms in the world we live in now. It’s hard to correct and judge someone, and yet forgive him/her for the bad deeds done to someone else.  It’s hard to love someone whilst enforcing laws, standards and requirements.

The only ‘worldly’ example of this happens right at home. In normal circumstances, parents will love their own offsprings. Because of that undying love for us (even when we reach 40 years old), they will correct us, they will guide us and nudge us in the right direction through life. However, even though that is the best example I can think of, it is still not a perfect one to illustrate MERCY AND TRUTH. Parents are still mortal beings, and will fail time and again. There is no such thing as perfect love from parents. And the harder question to answer is what is the real truth? Is there a perfect way to raise children?

This process of reconciling both terms MERCY and TRUTH will never end till we die. Still, I thank God for being that perfect example. 🙂


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