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89. Psalm 89

1I will sing of the lovingkindness of Jehovah for ever:

With my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.

2For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever;

Thy faithfulness wilt thou establish in the very heavens.

3I have made a covenant with my chosen,

I have sworn unto David my servant:

4Thy seed will I establish for ever,

And build up thy throne to all generations.


5And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Jehovah;

Thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

6For who in the skies can be compared unto Jehovah?

Who among the asons of the amighty is like unto Jehovah,

7A God very terrible in the council of the holy ones,

And to be feared above all them that are round about him?

8O Jehovah God of hosts,

Who is a mighty one, like unto thee, O aJehovah?

And thy faithfulness is round about thee.

9Thou rulest the pride of the sea:

When the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.

10Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain;

Thou hast scattered thine enemies with the arm of thy strength.

11The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine:

The world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.

12The north and the south, thou hast created them:

Tabor and Hermon rejoice in thy name.

13Thou hast aa mighty arm;

Strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.

14Righteousness and justice are the foundation of thy throne:

Lovingkindness and truth go before thy face.

15Blessed is the people that know the ajoyful sound:

They walk, O Jehovah, in the light of thy countenance.

16In thy name do they rejoice all the day;

And in thy righteousness are they exalted.

17For thou art the glory of their strength;

And in thy favor aour horn shall be exalted.

18For our shield belongeth unto Jehovah;

aAnd our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19Then thou spakest in vision to thy asaints,

And saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty;

I have exalted one chosen out of the people.

20I have found David my servant;

With my holy oil have I anointed him:

21With whom my hand shall be established;

Mine arm also shall strengthen him.

22The enemy shall not aexact from him,

Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.

23And I will beat down his adversaries before him,

And smite them that hate him.

24But my faithfulness and my lovingkindness shall be with him;

And in my name shall his horn be exalted.

25I will set his hand also on the sea,

And his right hand on the rivers.

26He shall cry unto me, Thou art my Father,

My God, and the rock of my salvation.

27I also will make him my first-born,

The highest of the kings of the earth.

28My lovingkindness will I keep for him for evermore;

And my covenant shall astand fast with him.

29His seed also will I make to endure for ever,

And his throne as the days of heaven.

30If his children forsake my law,

And walk not in mine ordinances;

31If they abreak my statutes,

And keep not my commandments;

32Then will I visit their transgression with the rod,

And their iniquity with stripes.

33But my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him,

Nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.

34My covenant will I not break,

Nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

35 aOnce have I sworn by my holiness:

I will not lie unto David:

36His seed shall endure for ever,

And his throne as the sun before me.

37 aIt shall be established for ever as the moon,

aAnd as the faithful witness in the sky.


38But thou hast cast off and rejected,

Thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.

39Thou hast abhorred the covenant of thy servant:

Thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.

40Thou hast broken down all his hedges;

Thou hast brought his strongholds to ruin.

41All that pass by the way rob him:

He is become a reproach to his neighbors.

42Thou hast exalted the right hand of his adversaries;

Thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.

43Yea, thou turnest back the edge of his sword,

And hast not made him to stand in the battle.

44Thou hast made his brightness to cease,

And cast his throne down to the ground.

45The days of his youth hast thou shortened:

Thou hast covered him with shame.


46How long, O Jehovah? wilt thou hide thyself for ever?

How long shall thy wrath burn like fire?

47Oh remember how short my time is:

For what vanity hast thou created all the children of men!

48What man is he that shall live and not see death,

That shall deliver his soul from the apower of Sheol?


49Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses,

Which thou swarest unto David in thy faithfulness?

50Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants;

How I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the amighty peoples,

51Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O Jehovah,

Wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.

52Blessed be Jehovah for evermore.

Amen, and Amen.


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Verses 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.

Verses 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.

Verses 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.

Verses 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.