He does not say anything about the Devil, or the outward temptations of the world; but he says, "If they forsake my law and break my statutes." Commentary on Psalm 100. And if the great sea be in the hand of God as a little child, what is great to God! He that swears, swears by a greater than himself. This divine edifice, he felt assured, would tower into the skies, and would be turreted with divine faithfulness even as its foundations were laid in eternal love. In these words briefly we may notice. 82. Psalm 3. Christ commenced his labours by referring to his Father, for in Lu 2:49 he says, "Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" This is well expressed by John Howe in a famous sermon. For "Justice and judgment are the habitation", the preparation, the establishment, or the basis, of this throne. Though he was the party offended, yet the motion for a covenant comes from him...The Father of mercies saith, "The lost creatures cannot contract for themselves; and if another undertake not for them, they must perish; they cannot choose an undertaker for themselves. Woe is the day when every petty reasoner has an argument against religion, and men in their cups are fluent with objections against the gospel of Jesus. Mercy and truth shall go before thy face. Where note that every transgression and disobedience (that is, every commission and omission) receiveth a just recompense of reward, Hebrews 2:2. —John Trapp. "Alas, alas! Ver. Truth, in being as good as thy word; mercy, in being better. What use, beloved reader, are you making of your tongue? The "divinity which doth hedge a king" had departed. i.e., say some, in the starry heavens, among the celestial bodies, sun, moon, or stars; which were adored as gods, not only by the Persians, but also by some idolatrous Jews, because of their brightness and beauty, their lustre and glory. How sweet it is to see the Lord, not only making a covenant, but owning to it in after days, and bearing witness to his own oath; this ought to be solid ground for faith, and Ethan, the Ezrahite, evidently thought it so. Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. God is ever with his Son, Jesus Christ, in the plenitude of his faithfulness and mercy, to make him a continual blessing to his people. Our Saviour Jesus is also the Lord's Christ, or anointed. His heart fails him as well as his sword—he wavers, he falls. But I can imagine a state still more solemnly affecting than even this. But, notwithstanding these natural disadvantages, he was God's choice; and by referring to the Scripture history it would be easy to show in a variety of particulars, how the promise made to David, I will make him my firstborn, was literally and remarkably fulfilled in the son of Jesse. Ps 42:6 133:3. It is Jehovah who deigns to deal out to us our daily benefits, and he is the all sufficient and immutable God; therefore our rejoicing in him must never suffer diminution. 51. What is it that God will do? As the jubilee joy did not come till after the atonement, so no Gospel joy and liberty are ours till first we know Christ as our atonement. We ought to have an eye to posterity in all that we write, for we are the schoolmasters of succeeding ages. Unrivalled might and unparalleled truth are wedded in the character of Jehovah. 2. We are allowed to do this, for this holy and inspired man did so unrebuked, but we must do it humbly and in faith. The Equity of the divine government—"justice", etc. It stands on a rock, and is immovable as the rock on which it stands—the threefold rock of God's inviolable decree, of Christ's finished redemption, and of the Spirit's never failing faithfulness. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. Ver. ...Truth goes before the face of God, because God keeps it ever before his eyes, to mould his actions thereby. it is because he loves Christ; you are one with Christ. 51. Answer is made, that the prophet will not only commend the mercies of the Lord in word, but also commit them unto writing. Psalms 89:27. There the good man's come to himself again. And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him. "The People's Christ; Ps 89:19," Charles H. Spurgeon, 1855. Thou hast made his glory to cease. 3. Nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. This psalm is titled A Song. Psalm 6. And I will beat down his foes before his face —crushing them and their plans. The echo, "Amen and amen." Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Thou hast covered them with shame. The word ytrma, "I have said", is used, in the Book of Psalms, to express two things; either a fixed purpose, or a settled opinion of the person speaking. First. Shall it go on and on evermore till it utterly consume its object? Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Golden Alphabet (Updated, Annotated): An Exposition of Psalm 119. —Thomas James Judkin, 1841. 30. I know some join in oeternum to the noun misercordias, and not to the verb cantabo, making the sense to be this: I will always sing thy mercies which endure for ever. And what is that holy walking which God's Spirit enables all his people to observe? 2. He was the first to say this: David did not say it. —Thomas Goodwin. Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground. A. Alexander. Ethan wrote Psalm 89 many years after this. with them in Christ, and with Christ in their name. —Augustus Montague Toplady, 1740-1778. they shall be admitted near, nearer than Moses, so as to see the glory of God's face or brightness of his countenance, and that not only transiently, as Moses saw God's back parts, but continually. Be it so: but safe how? —Capel Molyneux. There is such life in it that it seems to quicken all inanimate creation, and make the rocks and mountains to sing, and the trees of the wood to clap their hands, and the waves of the sea to praise the great Creator. The Dutch have translated these words, Who can be shadowed with him? He would be a servant of the Father. 9. He may fall into great errors, great aberrations from Truth; he may forsake the ordinances of the Lord's house, though he sees God's word is clear upon the point. 40. It is a tacit imprecation of himself, If I lie unto David, let me never be counted holy, or thought righteous enough to be trusted by angels or men. 43. 90. Ver. Ver. The more gracious Christians are, the more will they be moved to jealousy by the sad estate of the Redeemer's cause, and the more will they argue the case with the great Covenant maker, crying day and night before him, "Thy kingdom come.". —James Alting, 1618-1679. Mercies and singing are now turned into troubles and mourning. 2. The holy one here meant may be either David or Nathan the prophet, but most probably the latter, for it was to him that the word of the Lord came by night. "Who in the heavens?" In all their dangers they shall be more than conquerors. Thou hast a mighty arm, omnipotence is thine in smiting or uplifting; strong is thy hand, thy power to create and grasp is beyond conception great; and high is thy right hand —thy skill is incomparable, thy favour ennobling, thy working glorious. How will God secure their safety? Thou hast set up the right hand of thy adversaries. 6. Who in the heaven? 2 Samuel 7:4-5. Whom God exalts let us exalt. That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!" When things look black we may bring forth our strong reasons, and debate the case with our condescending God, who has himself said, "Come now, and let us reason together.". Christ must reign, but why is his name blasphemed and his gospel so despised? Ver. nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. When he goes to war he is as unsuccessful as though his sword refused to cut, and gave way like a sword of lead. The supposition concerning them. I have said. O glorious fear killing sentence! Faithfulness declared. If they fall into sins of commission; if they shoot beyond the mark. Exalted above hell, above earth, above Paradise, above angels. By whom? Lord, this is true. 20. This was very grievous to the writer of this Psalm, who was evidently a most loyal adherent of the house of David. In particular, the promise in view is that of the Davidic covenant (2 Sam. If the covenant could be made void by our sins it would have been void long ere this; and if renewed its tenure would not be worth an hour's purchase if it had remained dependent upon us. 25. Or from the Old Testament to the New: for the blessed Apostles in their sermons usually cite sentences out of the Psalms. The summer part is the former; wherein, the church having reaped a most rich crop (the best blessings of Heaven and earth) the Psalmist breaketh forth into the praises of their gracious Benefactor, I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: so it begins, and so he goeth on a great way. You do not find them addressing Him as Father: they did not know him as such. As for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them. Psalm 89:1 "I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations." The Chaldee has: "They have scoffed at the tardiness of Thy Messiah's footsteps." God condescends to employ his gracious ministers to be the means of communication between himself and his favoured ones, —even to King David the covenant was revealed by Nathan the prophet; thus the Lord puts honour upon his ministers. The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine. In this filial, crying the true sons should imitate him. Nor the son of wickedness afflict him. He has not left the ocean to be disturbed at random by the winds, nor to be kept in peace by the laws of nature. Surely he must interpose soon, for, if he do not, true religion will be utterly consumed, as it were, with fire. Ver. "I have chosen", etc. 28. The verse has in it a voice of good cheer concerning sailors, and all dwellers on the waters; the hand of Jesus is over them, and as he found his first apostles by the sea, so we trust he still finds earnest disciples there. 1. Because even the best of Israelite kings were flawed in … The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine. Darby. So the fathers expound our text: I will ever sing thy mercies, in vouchsafing to send thy Son to visit thy servants, sick to death in sin. Ver. Shame was heaped upon him because of his premature decay and his failure in arms. The first exposition yields this sense: Be mindful, O Lord, of the reproach of thy enemies wherewith they insult our expectation of thy Anointed, and scoff at his advent as if it would never come. The covenant made in mercy to Abraham is fulfilled in truth to Jacob. Particularly how the "mercy" was manifested in the promise made to David. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore. Thou hast broken down all his hedges. The days of his youth hast thou shortened. Warner, 1828. Christ is a thorough Saviour, a mighty Saviour: Isaiah 63:1, "Mighty to save." God made special promises to David. May none of us learn the terror of this threatening, which is surely being fulfilled upon all those unbelievers who have rejected the Son of God, and died in the hardness of their hearts. The Jews, his foes, shall fall before him; they shall be smitten down in their rejection of hint; they shall perish from off their land, and be dispersed abroad among the nations. Is this according to the covenant? Ver 50. Ver. We have now reached the majestic Covenant Psalm, which, according to the Jewish arrangement closes the third book of the Psalms. Ver. Unsatisfactory and miserable world, may we well exclaim, where nothing is real, and nothing is realised: when I consider how our lives are passed in the struggle for existence; when I consider the worry of life, where it is not a woe—the woe, where it is not a worry; when I consider how the millions pass their time in a mere toil for sensual objects, and that those to whom the sad contradiction of life never comes, are the most wretched of all, did they but know it; when I consider the millions of distorted existences; and the many millions! 24. Ver. Hence, the Septuagint version renders it, I have covenanted tois eklektois mou with my elect people, or with my chosen ones: i.e. Psalm 147:14-15 Peacemaker, The Matthew 5:9 Peal of Bells, A Zechariah 14:20 Peculiar Sleep of the Beloved, The Psalm 127:2 People’s Christ, The Psalm 89:19 Perfection in Faith Hebrews 10:14 Personal Service Psalm 116:16 Personality of the Holy Ghost, The John 14:16, 17 Plea of Faith, The 2 Samuel 7:25 Plenteous Redemption Not that hear, for then the blessing were cheap indeed. To what happiness or dignity the believer is exalted by virtue of that righteousness. —Bellarmine. The Blue Letter Bible team has added a wide selection of Charles Spurgeon's sermons. Thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin. S. Gregory the Great raises the question here as to how a perpetual singing of the mercies of God is compatible with unalloyed bliss in heaven, inasmuch as the thought of mercy connotes the memory of sin and sorrow, which needed mercy, whereas Isaiah saith that "the former troubles are forgotten", and "the former things shall not be remembered, nor come upon the heart" (Isaiah 65:16-17). In these sad days also we may utter the same complaint, for Jesus is not acknowledged in many of the churches, and usurpers have profaned his crown. Will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Blessed be the Lord for evermore. I am inclined to go further, and to point to this very complaint as affording a presumption that there was in their hearts an irrepressible sentiment of immortality. Because all God's lovingkindness to his people is centred in Christ. Ver. Thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground. The mercies. Sometimes you feel that you cannot praise God, and cannot pray to him. 47. Does God love you? They shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. The Sovereignty of the divine government. —James Harrington Evans. And Tabor, yet more eminent for the memorable spot of Christ's transfiguration, and from whence God the Father proclaimed his perfect love and approbation of Jesus as his dear Son. He shall cry unto me, thou art my father. (b) Emphasised. Who would not reverence him with deepest love? Chosen has here its strict sense, but not without allusion to its specific use as signifying a young warrior. That just means, the author wrote it to reflect and meditate on something. Psalm 89:17 Horn here symbolizes strong one. Psalms 89:25. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. Though God were angry with his people, he cannot part with God in discontent. By no means let his exchequer of glory be deprived of the continual revenue which we owe to it. Psalm 89:5. Ver. Even if you fall, God has provided for it; but take heed; the provision involves much that will be terrible and desperately painful to your mind. And a glorious nevertheless too! If I should demand of any, for what cause especially man came into the world; he would answer with the Psalmist, God did not create man in vain. The meaning of this title is very doubtful. O Lord, how long shall this threadbare taunt continue? Ver. Nevertheless my lovingkindness, etc. Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? She was as it were ready to give birth to nations, but how could they be born if she herself died in the meanwhile? 38. Ver. The Story of Psalm 89. Expositors in their fear of Calvinistic doctrine shake off the fear of adding to the word of God, or else they would not have spent their time in talking about "the conditions" of this absolutely unconditional covenant. Amen, and Amen. Rashi's Commentary, c. 1075. chabad.org. In the psalm… The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him. They "Know the joyful sound", as it rolls from the plenitude of God's own voice and bosom in his august and blessed revelations; as it is confirmed, authenticated and sealed by the precious blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; as it is witnessed to by the eternal Spirit: "the joyful sound", that there is salvation for lost and ruined men by faith in the blood and in the obedience of him who died upon the tree, and is now enthroned in the highest place in heaven. In which he finds his own glory, and believers their safety! Psalm 15. Psalm 90. Now for that, you see how Christ promises that God will take order therewith, and will purge it out of them. Exposition of Psalm 119:89-96. by Charles Spurgeon. Ver. 36. Ver. We also would lovingly linger over the ipsissima verba of the covenant made with David, reading them carefully and with joy. And what is still more—a man may forsake for a time the principles of the precious Gospel of the living God. Ver. and how strong is God! Ver. On the other hand, he considers that it accords neither with his wisdom nor his holiness to bestow his grace and salvation upon those who do not relent for having cast off his law and given themselves up to iniquity. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. Psalm 89 How consoling it is to see the Lord thus resolute. Psalm 13. A creature full of strength and courage lifts up its horn, and so also does a believer become potent, valiant, and daring. "They shall walk", etc. 48. If their sin be negative or positive, if it be forsaking or profanation; if either judgments or commandments or both be violated, yet there is not a word as to final destruction, but the very reverse. And as a faithful witness in heaven. Christians, born through the griefs of Christ on the cross, like the pangs of one in travail. 9. Ver. Dear friends, do you walk in that way? (a) The nevertheless characterized. —The Lord is represented as summoning the whole earth to hear his declaration, Psalm 50:1-6; he then declares the nature of the worship which he accepts, Psalm 50:7-15, accuses the ungodly of breaches of the precepts of the second table, Psalm 50:16-21, and closes the court with a word of threatening, Psalm 50:22, and a direction of grace, Psalm 50:23. the firstborn from the dead, and in Revelation 1:5, the first begotten of the dead; and, thirdly, because he had the rights of the firstborn; for he was appointed heir of all things; and he was made not only firstborn, but also, high above the kings of the earth; that is, Prince of the kings of the earth, and King of kings. Would be cut off in the midst of his days. —Mollerus. (c) To fellowship and familiarity with God, and access to him. Wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? Can he be so angry with his church as to leave her much longer? —Musculus. He would be consecrated to his office by God. God here says two things: first, that he will chastise them, next, that he will not, on that account, cast them out of his covenant. Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants. Thy faithfulness round about thee. David was a great blessing to the nation over which God made him king. But if it should be so, what then? Psalms 89:24. 47. Rule or authority over the younger branches of the family, 2 Chronicles 21:3; and Thirdly, The exercise of the priesthood, because God claimed all the firstborn as his, and in their stead he appointed the Levites to do the priest's office, Numbers 8:14-17. Lu 2:14, to "sing glory to the Highest"; for his grace to man is that miracle. It consisteth of as many verses as the year doth of weeks, and hath like the year, its summer and winter. 2011. If his children forsake my law. The grace of an unfaithful God would be a poor subject for music, but unchangeable love and immutable promises demand everlasting songs. The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name. There are several men named Ethan in the Hebrew Scriptures, but this man is mentioned specifically in 1 Kings 4:31 as someone who was famous for his wisdom – yet surpassed by Solomon’s greater wisdom. He is besides immutable in his nature and designs, and cannot change in heart, and therefore not in promise. In the clouds, in nubibus, oequabitur, is to be equalled, saith Calvin, to Jehovah, Quis enim in superiore nube par oestimetur Jehova. 1. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. "Then will I.". The very lustre of that holiness you see in such an one strikes upon your conscience. No power, human or Satanic, can break the Christian succession; as saints die others shall rise up to fill their places, so that till the last day, the day of doom, Jesus shall have a seed to serve him. (a) For union—his seed. I made a covenant with my chosen. Ver. 20. Ver. Ver. He closely follows the language long before rehearsed by Miriam, when she sang, "Who is like unto thee, O Jehovah, among the gods? Ver. I am like the deer, whose horns have fallen off." 6. Who among the sons of the mighty. It is a continued, progressive motion from sin to holiness; from all that is evil, to every good word and work. Thy wondrousness (literally, wonder), not "Thy wondrous works", but "Thy wonderful mysterious nature and being", as separate and distinct from all created beings. Can this be as the Lord has promised? Thoughts of the covenant of grace tend to create a deeper awe of God, they draw us closer to him, and the more his glories are seen by us in that nearer access, the more humbly we prostrate ourselves before his Majesty. Ver. He shall cry unto me: Thou art my Father, as far as my divinity is concerned. Blessed be his name that it is so. The present Psalm makes a pair with the preceding one. In Christ Jesus there is a covenant established with all the Lord's chosen, and they are by grace led to be the Lord's servants, and then are ordained kings and priests by Christ Jesus. 41. Psalm 89 Matthew Henry's Commentary. If the kingdom of heaven should fail, everything is a failure. Jehoiachim, reigned three months and ten days, and was led captive to Babylon, where he continued in prison to the time of Evil merodach, who, though he loosed him from prison, never invested him with any power. Psalm 100 exemplifies the slightly unusual dynamic we find in the Yahweh malak ('the Lord reigns') collection of psalms (Pss 93–100). But it would be doing cruel injustice to take him thus at his word. Did he create him to hawk after power and principality? In the Escurial the palace of the Kings of Spain, is their cemetery too; there their royal ashes lie. Thus the brevity of life and the certainty of death are turned into pleas with the Most High. Evening, August 1 “Thou crownest the year with thy goodness.” — Psalm 65:11 . Ver. As he hath authority to cry to God, so he hath an assurance of the prevalence of his cry, in regard of the stability of the covenant of mediation, which shall stand fast with him, or be faithful to him: my mercy will I keep for him for evermore, Psalms 89:28. Whatever he doth, he is mindful of his faithfulness and covenant, before and behind, and on each side; he can look no way, but that is in his eye. —Ebenezer Erskine. 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