(Today’s post by Chris Queen)
Last week, I wrote about Psalm 78 and the theme of God’s faithfulness that emerges in that psalm. This week we’re looking at Psalm 89, another somewhat lengthy poem that takes a bit of a glance at Israel’s history. Though the author Ethan the Ezrahite doesn’t dig as deep into the history of God’s people as Asaph did in Psalm 78, he uses the story of God’s choice of David and Israel’s rebellion to highlight a similar theme – a LOT.
In the first 37 verses of Psalm 89, today’s reading, one word pops up big time. In fact, we see the word “faithfulness” or “faithful” a whopping NINE times. In one particular passage, Ethan describes the way of life for those who recognize God’s faithfulness:
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. 15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. 16 They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. 17 For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn. 18 Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.
In another passage, Ethan highlights God’s endless legacy of faithfulness:
35 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness—and I will not lie to David—36 that his line will continue forever and his throne endure before me like the sun; 37 it will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky.”
What’s the legacy of David’s continuous line? Jesus, of course! God chose to route the human lineage of His son through David’s line. So, in the coolest way possible, David’s royal line really does go on forever!
The takeaway today is this: how well do you acknowledge God’s faithfulness in your life? Is your daily existence marked by the characteristics of verses 14-18? If not, what can you do differently? How can you change it?
Because our God is so faithful to us – forever – that every part of our lives should be an act of worship as a response. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not there 100% of the time, but I’m going to strive to be closer to 100% every day. I hope you will be too.