Psalm 89: Father God
My everlasting song will be about your love, O Lord,
Every generation shall hear about your blessings,
Surely your steadfast faithfulness will last forever,
Your truth is as enduring as the heavens.
God made a solemn covenant with his servant David,
To establish his descendants as heirs to the throne forever.
Let heaven praise the wonders of the Lord
And all join to praise him for his faithfulness,
For who can compare with almighty God,
All stand in awe of his power and glory
As they gather in reverence around his throne.
The qualities of God are far beyond compare
The very character of God is in his faithfulness.
You still the raging of the oceans by your words,
You scatter your enemies by your awesome power,
The heavens are yours, the world and everything in it,
From north to south, you created it all!
By your mighty arm you formed the mountains,
Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength.
Your throne is founded on the pillars of justice and righteousness,
Mercy and truth are your faithful attendants,
They walk before you in the joyful light of your presence,
They rejoice all day long and proclaim your holy name,
You are their strength and the very font of their being.
Our protection is from the Lord himself who has given us our King.
God spoke in a vision to his faithful one, his prophet,
Revealing his servant David as the one chosen to be King,
God anoints him with holy oil and promises to be with him always,
To strengthen him and protect him from his enemies.
God vows to beat down his adversaries and destroy those who hate him,
To protect and bless him always and surround him with his love.
King David will be great because of God’s steadfast love,
He will acknowledge God as his Father and Rock of Salvation.
God will treat him as his first born and make him the mightiest King.
God vows an everlasting promise to always love and protect him
His covenant is with the house of David for all generations.
But remember, if these future generations turn away from God,
If they forsake his statutes and do not walk in the way of the Lord,
Then they will be punished.
But, like a good parent, they will still be held in the love of the Father,
He will stay true to his covenant and uphold his promise to the line of David,
It shall be like the moon, an enduring witness in the skies.
But why have you now rejected the one you chose to be King?
Have you renounced the covenant made with your servant?
You, O God, have broken down his defences, trampled his crown in the dust.
He has been robbed by every passing stranger and mocked by his neighbours.
His enemies rejoice at their new found strength against him.
You are no longer beside him in battle and his sword is blunted,
His throne is overturned and his days are numbered.
O God, for how long can this go on, for how long will your wrath last?
You make our lives so short, what can we achieve in such little time?
We cannot escape the grave, when we realise everything is empty and futile!
Lord, where is the love you used to show for me?
Where is the promise of steadfast kindness you made to David?
You have left me in a desperate situation, despised and ridiculed by all,
Even though you once set me apart as your anointed King.
And yet, I will remember to bless you Lord forever! Amen and Amen.
From ‘Resounding the Psalms’ by David Potter
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