“Once You spoke in a vision to Your godly ones and said, ‘I have given help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people. I have found David My servant; with My holy oil I have anointed him… I also shall make him firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. My lovingkindness I will keep for him forever, and My covenant shall be confirmed to him.” (89:19-21; 27-28)
89:19-37 makes us think, immediately of the Messiah–Jesus–and maybe let out an adoring sigh. We have this perspective from many years in the future, looking back. What I find interesting is how things pick up in verse 38:
“But You have cast off and rejected, You have been full of wrath against Your anointed. You have spurned the covenant of Your servant; You have profaned his crown in the dust.”
Basically, the psalmist is raging at the LORD for promising good things via the eternal king–descendant of David–and he’s real mad it seems to have all been an empty promise. The kingly line of David is not doing so hot.
Do you know there passed roughly 1000 years between David and Jesus? That’s a long time. More than 1000 passed between David and Abraham. This particular psalmist was lamenting at a distance of a couple hundred years (maybe a handful) and he was ready to call the LORD a liar.
Pack it up, folks, He’s not coming!
However, this lengthy psalm begins and ends in praise. Even, a promise to sing praises to the LORD beyond a lifetime (89:1). I like that this Ethan the Ezrahite guy knows the LORD is worthy of praise no matter if they ever see the fruition of His promises.
We live in a time of instant gratification and unbridled impatience. I’ve been in many-a church service, YWAM meeting or youth conference gathering where people are calling and calling for the LORD to show up and do something. We want to see some action, and we want to see it at least once a day. That would be ideal, okay LORD? Thanks.
Do we have what it takes to keep praising Him even when it really looks like He’s given up on us? Do we praise Him because He protects and provides, keeps us fat and happy, or do we praise Him because even the council of the holy ones does? (89:7) That’s a tough question. We love to wonder why bad things happen to good people or where God could be in the midst of suffering.
Would I still adore the LORD, even if I never saw a promise fulfilled or a prayer answered the rest of my life? On what do I build my temple of praise?