The Sons of Korah begin this psalm with an acknowledgement that God has forgiven them and brought them back from captivity and into the promised land. God has turned away His wrath. The writer proceeds to ask God for restoration of their salvation.
“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 mercy, Lord,
And grant us Your salvation.”
Then the writer speaks to the need to continue in His mercy, hearing what God says and avoiding the previous folly of their actions. The final stanza describes the blessed occasion of God’s mercy and truth meeting together like a kiss, truth springing out of the earth and righteousness looking down out of heaven. The Lord has been good and increase has returned.
These writers had experienced loss and pain as the nation was taken into captivity. They saw the error of their ways and confessed their sinfulness. However, as is true with any person or nation is the need for more than just confession. That is the first step, but repentance is the next important step. Just acknowledging sin can allow room for that sin to enter the heart again. Repentance, however, is a shunning of that sin, a commitment to a better way. Then their prayer for restoration completes the deal. Confess, repent, and be restored. That is the path to getting back to the place of intimacy with God that produces blessings and peace. Walk in it!