1894.) Psalm 89

Ps89 sing

Psalm 89 (Contemporary English Version)

(A special psalm by Ethan the Ezrahite.)

The LORD’s Agreement with David

1Our LORD, I will sing

of your love forever.

Everyone yet to be born

will hear me praise

your faithfulness.

2I will tell them,

“God’s love

can always be trusted,

and his faithfulness lasts

as long as the heavens.”

3You said, “David, my servant,

is my chosen one,

and this is the agreement

I made with him:

4David, one of your descendants

will always be king.”

5Our LORD, let the heavens

now praise your miracles,

and let all of your angels

praise your faithfulness.

6None who live in the heavens

can compare with you.

7You are the most fearsome

of all who live in heaven;

all the others fear

and greatly honor you.

8You are LORD God All-Powerful!

No one is as loving

and faithful as you are.

9You rule the roaring sea

and calm its waves.

Mark 4:39    (English Standard Version)

And he said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

10You crushed the monster Rahab,

and with your powerful arm

you scattered your enemies.

11The heavens and the earth

belong to you.

And so does the world

with all its people

because you created them

12and everything else.

Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon

gladly praise you.

Wheat fields below Mount Tabor. Photograph by Ferrell Jenkins.

13You are strong and mighty!

14Your kingdom is ruled

by justice and fairness

with love and faithfulness

leading the way.

15Our LORD, you bless those

who join in the festival

and walk in the brightness

of your presence.

16We are happy all day

because of you,

and your saving power

brings honor to us.

17Your own glorious power

makes us strong,

and because of your kindness,

our strength increases.

18Our LORD and our King,

the Holy One of Israel,

you are truly our shield.

19In a vision, you once said

to your faithful followers:

“I have helped a mighty hero.

I chose him from my people

and made him famous.

20David, my servant, is the one

I chose to be king,

21and I will always be there

to help and strengthen him.

22“No enemy will outsmart David,

and he won’t be defeated

by any hateful people.

23I will strike down and crush

his troublesome enemies.

24He will always be able

to depend on my love,

and I will make him strong

with my own power.

25I will let him rule the lands

across the rivers and seas.

26He will say to me,

`You are my Father

and my God,

as well as the mighty rock

where I am safe.’

27“I have chosen David

as my first-born son,

and he will be the ruler

of all kings on earth.

28My love for him will last,

and my agreement with him

will never be broken.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (New International Version)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

29“One of David’s descendants

will always be king,

and his family will rule

until the sky disappears.

30Suppose some of his children

should reject my Law

and refuse my instructions.

31Or suppose they should disobey

all of my teachings.

32Then I will correct

and punish them

because of their sins.

33But I will always love David

and faithfully keep all

of my promises to him.

34“I won’t break my agreement

or go back on my word.

35I have sworn once and for all

by my own holy name,

and I won’t lie to David.

36His family will always rule.

I will let his kingdom last

as long as the sun 37and moon

appear in the sky.”

Ps89 moon

38You are now angry, God,

and you have turned your back

on your chosen king.

39You broke off your agreement

with your servant, the king,

and you completely destroyed

his kingdom.

40The walls of his city

have been broken through,

and every fortress

now lies in ruin.

Ps89 Hiroshima

from Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,
by Laura Hillenbrand

This book moved me.  In the passage that follows, the war between Japan and the USA has just ended, and the American POWs are beginning their journey home.

From the top of Japan to the bottom, trains packed with POWs snaked toward Yokohama. Men pressed their faces to the windows to catch their first glimpse of what all those B-29s had done. Once-grand cities were now flat, black stains, their only recognizable feature a gridwork of burned roads, passing nothing, leading nowhere.

At the first sight of the destruction of their enemy, the POWs cheered. But after the first city there was another, then another, city after city razed, the survivors drifting about like specters, picking through the rubble. The cheering died away. On Louie’s train, the silence came as they passed through Tokyo. A week after Louis had left Omori (one of the POW camps where Louie had stayed), sixteen square miles of Tokyo, and tens of thousands of souls, had been immolated by B-29s.

A few of the trains slipped past Hiroshima. Virtually every POW believed that the destruction of that city had saved them from execution. John Falconer, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, looked out as Hiroshima neared. “First there were trees,” he told historian Donald Knox. “Then the leaves were missing.  As you got closer, branches were missing. Closer still, the trunks were gone and then, as you got in the middle, there was nothing. Nothing! It was beautiful. I know it’s not right to say it was beautiful, because it really wasn’t. But I realized this was what had ended the war.”

41All who pass by

take what they want,

and nations everywhere

joke about the king.

42You made his enemies powerful

and let them celebrate.

43But you forced him to retreat

because you did not fight

on his side.

44You took his crown and threw his throne

in the dirt.

45You made an old man of him

and put him to shame.

46How much longer, LORD?

Will you hide forever?

How long will your anger

keep burning like fire?

47Remember, life is short!

For all who know me and my fondness for high heels . . .

Why did you empty our lives

of all meaning?

48No one can escape the power

of death and the grave.

We can get pretty busy in our lives and not think about God’s great mercy.  It’s very easy, especially if we live a comfortable life, to take God for granted. The Psalmist gives us the formidable words of verse 48:  What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave?

It is a good thing to declare the mercies of God and His faithfulness to us, but in doing so we must still remember that each of us will see death. The only hope of being delivered from the power of the grave is through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you, Jesus, for death-defying, life-giving grace!

49Our Lord, where is the love

you have always shown

and that you promised

so faithfully to David?

50Remember your servant, Lord!

People make jokes about me,

and I suffer many insults.

51I am your chosen one,

but your enemies chase

and make fun of me.

52Our LORD, we praise you

forever. Amen and amen.

_________________________

Music:

“Never Gonna Stop” praising You, Lord!  HERE  is a kinda funky number by Tommy Walker.

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Contemporary English Version (CEV)   Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

Images courtesy of:
I will sing.   https://shareaverse.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/psalm-89-1.png?w=505&h=383
covenant.   http://wallpaper4god.com/wallpapers/psalm-8934_2798_1024x768.jpg
“Peace, Be Still,”  by He Qi.    http://metrolutheran.org/files/2014/03/WS-He-Qi-Peace-Be-Still1.jpg
Jenkins.  http://bibleworld.com/travel-blog/MountTabor_wheat_fjenkins_050110_205c.jpg
Psalm 89:15.  http://www.photosbyjanine.com/uploads/processed/0729/0707160038041psalm_89_15_niv.jpg
David and Goliath.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/david-goliath.jpg
Keep calm and trust God.  http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_liigsxu1uK1qby6rio1_500.png
candy hearts.    http://www.rockindeals4you.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/candyhearts.jpg
moon.   http://www.heartlight.org/graphics/gallery/psalm89_37.jpg
Hiroshima aftermath.  http://history105.libraries.wsu.edu/fall2014/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/08/hiroshima-destruction-825×499.jpg
Buy the shoes.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/lifeisshortpillowpic2edited.jpg
cemetery in Dallas.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/cemetery.jpg
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