Psalm 89

Psalm 89 was written by Ethan, the Ezrahite, who along with Heman the Ezrahite (the author of the preceding Psalm, Psalm 88), was a wise man from the time of Solomon.  This psalm is written to teach us about a problem facing God’s people – that the line of David would be on the throne as God promised.  The Babylonians had defeated the Jewish army and taken their king captive.  The author is retelling the promises that were given to David back in 2 Samuel and recounting all that God had promised.

It begins with singing of God’s love.  “I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations”.  The knowledge of God’s love is something we have to teach our kids.  It is our job as parents and grandparents.  And part of that is to teach them God’s promises.  In this time, there was the covenant God had made with His servant David.  “I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations”.  God had made a promise to keep David’s lineage on the throne as King of the Jews.

The psalmist reminds us that God is worthy of our praise.  “Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones”!  God is to be the subject of our adoration.  He has been faithful to the generations.  And He is the Creator and the Master of all things. “The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them”.  God is in control.  He alone is on the throne of the universe.  And His throne is based on the very nature of who He is.  “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you”.

From that throne God blesses those who are His and who walk with Him.  “Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face, who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exaltedFor you are the glory of their strength”.  Walking with God is the key to receiving His blessing.  We need to be focused on Him and our relationship with Him.  “You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation”.  God alone is our daddy and the rock of our salvation and very lives.  We must cling to him.

That doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want though. If we fail to walk with Him, there is a consequence.  “If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my rules, if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes”.  God doesn’t turn His head and ignore our sinfulness.  We will pay a price for not walking in His ways.  But that price never includes the cancellation of His covenant.  “I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips”.  He is faithful to His word.  We must be careful to understand it and walk in it or there is a cost to our ignorance and disobedience!

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