Psalms Chapter 89
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God's mercy and truth, and his covenant. (1-4) The glory and perfection of God. (5-14) The happiness of those in communion with him. (15-18) God's covenant with David, as a type of Christ. (19-37) A calamitous state lamented, Prayer for redress. (38-52)
1-4 Though our expectations may be disappointed, yet God's promises are established in the heavens, in his eternal counsels; they are out of the reach of opposers in hell and earth. And faith in the boundless mercy and everlasting truth of God, may bring comfort even in the deepest trials.
5-14 The more God's works are known, the more they are admired. And to praise the Lord, is to acknowledge him to be such a one that there is none like him. Surely then we should feel and express reverence when we worship God. But how little of this appears in our congregations, and how much cause have we to humble ourselves on this account! That almighty power which smote Egypt, will scatter the enemies of the church, while all who trust in God's mercy will rejoice in his name; for mercy and truth direct all he does. His counsels from eternity, and their consequences to eternity, are all justice and judgment.
15-18 Happy are those who so know the joyful sound of the gospel as to obey it; who experience its power upon their hearts, and bring forth the fruit of it in their lives. Though believers are nothing in themselves, yet having all in Christ Jesus, they may rejoice in his name. May the Lord enable us to do so. The joy of the Lord is the strength of his people; whereas unbelief dispirits ourselves and discourages others. Though it steals upon us under a semblance of humility, yet it is the very essence of pride. Christ is the Holy One of Israel; and in him was that peculiar people more blessed than in any other blessing.
19-37 The Lord anointed David with the holy oil, not only as an emblem of the graces and gifts he received, but as a type of Christ, the King Priest, and Prophet, anointed with the Holy Ghost without measure. David after his anointing, was persecuted, but none could gain advantage against him. Yet all this was a faint shadow of the Redeemer's sufferings, deliverance, glory, and authority, in whom alone these predictions and promises are fully brought to pass. He is the mighty God. This is the Redeemer appointed for us, who alone is able to complete the work of our salvation. Let us seek an interest in these blessings, by the witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. As the Lord corrected the posterity of David for their transgressions, so his people shall be corrected for their sins. Yet it is but a rod, not a sword; it is to correct, not to destroy. It is a rod in the hand of God, who is wise, and knows what he does; gracious, and will do what is best. It is a rod which they shall never feel, but when there is need. As the sun and moon remain in heaven, whatever changes there seem to be in them, and again appear in due season; so the covenant of grace made in Christ, whatever alteration seems to come to it, should not be questioned.
38-52 Sometimes it is not easy to reconcile God's providences with his promises, yet we are sure that God's works fulfil his word. When the great Anointed One, Christ himself, was upon the cross, God seemed to have cast him off, yet did not make void his covenant, for that was established for ever. The honour of the house of David was lost. Thrones and crowns are often laid in the dust; but there is a crown of glory reserved for Christ's spiritual seed, which fadeth not away. From all this complaint learn what work sin makes with families, noble families, with families in which religion has appeared. They plead with God for mercy. God's unchangeableness and faithfulness assure us that He will not cast off those whom he has chosen and covenanted with. They were reproached for serving him. The scoffers of the latter days, in like manner, reproach the footsteps of the Messiah when they ask, Where is the promise of his coming? #2Pe 3:3,4|. The records of the Lord's dealings with the family of David, show us his dealings with his church, and with believers. Their afflictions and distresses may be grievous, but he will not finally cast them off. Self-deceivers abuse this doctrine, and others by a careless walk bring themselves into darkness and distress; yet let the true believer rely on it for encouragement in the path of duty, and in bearing the cross. The psalm ends with praise, even after this sad complaint. Those who give God thanks for what he has done, may give him thanks for what he will do. God will follow those with his mercies, who follow him with praises.
Blessed's Psalms Chapter 89 comment on 3/30/2014, 8:04am...
Verses 15 and verses33. The sound of the lord is different it so holy that it brings light to our life. GOD 'S LOVING KINDNESS IS ETERNAL HIS MERCY IS FAITHFUL FAITHFUL IS THE LORD . KEEP GOD IN YOUR MIND BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS KEEPING YOU ON HIS MIND.
MockingBird's Psalms Chapter 89 comment about verse 1 on 3/30/2014, 7:39am...
I am so very Grateful for the Lord 's mercies toward me. It is of the mercy of the Lord that I am not consumed. I praise God for His mercies. His faithfulness toward me is never ending. I Praise God that I can sing of the Mercies of the Lord.
Peter's Psalms Chapter 89 comment about verse 1 on 3/30/2014, 6:48am...
Lord God Jehovah is in charge of everything. He knows our every thought and what we will do with it. If it be good or bad. So we should have only one choice. Believe that all things are possible with the Lord God Jehovah through Jesus Christ. So love the Lord God Jehovah and his son Jesus with all your heart and soul. Amen Lord Jesus come quickly.
Mwhite's Psalms Chapter 89 comment about verse 7 on 2/27/2014, 1:16pm...
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Roydah k chabi's Psalms Chapter 89 comment about verse 9 on 2/08/2014, 1:04am...
God is great and there is none like HIM Amos 1 1 9 15 we should get ready to meet our God whose word does not expire Everything about our God has no expiry date This tells me that though we cannot see God He is there living with us Man can die but God doen t He has no expiry date He is forever and ever AMEN
Juliana David's Psalms Chapter 89 comment about verse 34 on 1/29/2014, 4:43am...
God's Covenant is Unbreakable!
Andrew b's Psalms Chapter 89 comment on 1/25/2014, 12:35am...
vs38-48: People like to use David as a role model, a man after God's own heart, but David had massive personal failures in his life that lead to the death of one of his sons, persecution, and an uprising lead by Absalom and others. David suffered much punishment, and yet through it all still trusted in God's great mercy, while accepting the consequences of his misdeeds. Hopefully modern believers can accept punishment as a necessary consequence, and still trust in God's mercy, as well. Not a popular way of thinking, but solid teaching.
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