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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 89

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Third Book of Psalms (c 73-89)
Message: God's Promise to Preserve David's Descendants (v 1-52)

Psalms 89 Commentary

(89:1) A Promise to David - This psalm was written to describe the glorious reign of David. God had promised to make David the mightiest king on earth and to keep his descendants on the throne forever (2 Samuel 7:8-16). But Jerusalem was destroyed, and kings no longer reigned there. So these verses can only look forward, prophetically, to the future reign of Jesus Christ, David's descendant. Psalm 89:27 is a prophecy concerning David's never-ending dynasty, which will reach its fulfillment and highest expression in Christ's future reign over the world (see Revelation 22:5). 

(89:5) Angels Praise the Lord - The "congregation of the saints" in this case refers to angels. In the courts of heaven, a host of angels praises the Lord. This scene is one of majesty and grandeur and shows that God is beyond compare. His power, glory, and purity place him high above nature and angels. (See Deuteronomy. 32:43; Luke 2:13; and Hebrews 12:22 for more about angels.) 

(89:12) Mount Tabor - This verse refers to Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon. Mount Tabor, though low in elevation (1,900 feet), was the scene of Deborah's victory described in Judges 4. Mount Hermon (9,000 feet) is tall and majestic, the tallest mountain in the entire region. 

(89:14-15) God Rules - Justice, judgment, mercy, and truth are the foundation of God's throne; they are central characteristics of the way God rules. They summarize his character. As God's ambassadors, we should exhibit the same traits when we deal with people. Make sure your actions flow out of righteousness, justice, mercy, and truth because any unfair, unloving, or dishonest action cannot come from God. 8917, 24 Horn refers to the horn of an animal, the symbol of its power. In 

(89:17) Our Strong One - The horn refers to our strong one- the coming Messiah. In 89:24, David is promised to receive God's power to accomplish God's will. Without God's help, we are weak and powerless, inadequate for even the simplest spiritual tasks. But when we are filled with God's Spirit, his power flows through us, and our accomplishments will exceed our expectations. 

(89:34-37) David's Descendants - Despite Israel's continual disobedience throughout history, the people still received this amazing promise. God promised that David's descendants would always sit on the throne (80:29), but that if the people disobeyed God, they would be punished (&9:30-32). Yet, even through their disobedience and punishment, God would never break faith with them (80:33). The Israelites did disobey, evil ran rampant, the nation was divided, and exile came- but through it all, a remnant of God's people remained faithful. Centuries later, the Messiah arrived, the eternal King from David's line, just as God had promised. All that God promises, he fulfills. He will not take back even one word of what he says. God can also be trusted to save us as he promised he would (Hebrews 6:13-18). We can rely on him completely

Dave Burnette's Life Application

God Loves You

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 89. Today's text shows a theme of God's promise to preserve David's descendants. In this promise we see the lineage of Jesus-Christ who will reign for eternity. In making an application, we see the loving-kindness promised to David is ours, too, in Christ. Jesus loves us right where we are - even in our sins. Just as David made mistakes, God still loved him, and just as we make mistakes, God loves us. We do suffer the consequences of our sins, but make no mistake that God still loves you even in your sins. How about you? Do you have a problem believing that God loves us even when we don't love Him by sinning unconditionally? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that God loves us, wants us to be saved, and lives a life of blessings that he has prepared for us.


Psalm 89

Psalm 89

 1I will sing of the mercies of the LORD 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 shalt 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. Selah.

 5And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

 6For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?

 7God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.

 8O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?

 9Thou rulest the raging 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 thy strong arm.

 11The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.

 12The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.

 13Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.

 14Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

 15Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.

 16In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.

 17For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.

 18For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.

 19Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, 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 exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him.

 23And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.

 24But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.

 25I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.

 26He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.

 27Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.

 28My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand 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 my judgments;

 31If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments;

 32Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.

 33Nevertheless 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.

 35Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.

 36His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.

 37It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

 38But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.

 39Thou hast made void 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 strong holds to ruin.

 41All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours.

 42Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.

 43Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.

 44Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.

 45The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.

 46How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?

 47Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?

 48What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

 49Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?

 50Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;

 51Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.

 52Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.