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March 9, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Deuteronomy 30-31
Audio: Deuteronomy 30-31

Psalm 89 (ESV)

A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.

I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;
    with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;
    in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
    I have sworn to David my servant:
‘I will establish your offspring forever,
    and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah

Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
    your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
    Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
    and awesome above all who are around him?
Lord God of hosts,
    who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
    with your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging of the sea;
    when its waves rise, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
    you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
    the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
12 The north and the south, you have created them;
    Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
13 You have a mighty arm;
    strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
    steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
    who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
16 who exult in your name all the day
    and in your righteousness are exalted.
17 For you are the glory of their strength;
    by your favor our horn is exalted.
18 For our shield belongs to the Lord,
    our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19 Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one, and said:
    “I have granted help to one who is mighty;
    I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20 I have found David, my servant;
    with my holy oil I have anointed him,
21 so that my hand shall be established with him;
    my arm also shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not outwit him;
    the wicked shall not humble him.
23 I will crush his foes before him
    and strike down those who hate him.
24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
    and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
25 I will set his hand on the sea
    and his right hand on the rivers.
26 He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
    my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
27 And I will make him the firstborn,
    the highest of the kings of the earth.
28 My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,
    and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29 I will establish his offspring forever
    and his throne as the days of the heavens.
30 If his children forsake my law
    and do not walk according to my rules,
31 if they violate my statutes
    and do not keep my commandments,
32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod
    and their iniquity with stripes,
33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
    or be false to my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant
    or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
    I will not lie to David.
36 His offspring shall endure forever,
    his throne as long as the sun before me.
37 Like the moon it shall be established forever,
    a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah

38 But now you have cast off and rejected;
    you are full of wrath against your anointed.
39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
    you have defiled his crown in the dust.
40 You have breached all his walls;
    you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
41 All who pass by plunder him;
    he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
    you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
    and you have not made him stand in battle.
44 You have made his splendor to cease
    and cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short the days of his youth;
    you have covered him with shame. Selah

46 How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?
    How long will your wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my time is!
    For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
48 What man can live and never see death?
    Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah

49 Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
    which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
50 Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked,
    and how I bear in my heart the insults of all the many nations,
51 with which your enemies mock, O Lord,
    with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.

52 Blessed be the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen.


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;
        with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.(Psalm 89:1).

    Testifying to God's Faithfulness

    When we think of making God's faithfulness known to all generations, it beings with testifying to what Scripture says about God's faithfulness to this generation and the next and impressing upon them to pass it on to the next generation and so on. 

    The Old Testament repeatedly talks about the faithfulness of God and often refers back to the same points in history which proves His reliablity in being faithful – namely when He saved His people from slavery in Egypt. 

    On this long journey of forty years, many questioned His faithfulness and some outright accused Him of bringing them into the wilderness to punish them and even kill them though a lack of water and starvation. Incredibly, there were even rumblings by some who would have rather been back enslaved to the Egyptians.

    The New Testament references the Old Testament when speaking of God's faithfulness and expounds on it through the provision of the life of Christ. 

    This allows us to make God's faithfulness know to all generations from examples found in both the Old and New Testaments but also from our personal experience.

    While it's vital to start with Scripture (and keep Scripture as an integral part of our personal testimonies), it's also important to let people know that God who was faithful in Scripture is still faithful today (and in the lives of every believer). 

    In so much uncertainty, it's comforting to know that God is faithful. It's also a blessing to let the next generation know this as an expression of love for their souls. 

    I can't help but be reminded of that old hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" which we sung a few weeks ago:

    Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
    There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
    Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
    As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

    Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
    Morning by morning new mercies I see;
    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
    Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

    Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
    Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
    Join with all nature in manifold witness
    To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

    Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
    Morning by morning new mercies I see;
    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
    Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

    Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
    Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
    Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
    Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

    Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
    Morning by morning new mercies I see;
    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
    Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "A Prayer of Surrender" by Joseph Alleine

    "Who am I, Lord, that I should make any claim on you, or have any part or portion in you, when I am not worthy to lick the dust of your feet? But since you hold out your mercy to me, and you bid me come, I would be undone to rebel against you in false humility.

    So I bow my soul to you. With all possible thankfulness I accept you as my own, and I give myself up to you, my King. You will be sovereign over me, my King and my God. You will be on the throne, and I bow all my strength to you. I will come and worship before your feet. You will be my portion, Lord, and I will rest in you."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

  2. Thank you, Scott, for the reminder of God’s faithfulness.

    ~::~

    I again see both Jesus and David in this psalm, when the psalmist records God’s words about His covenant to David.
     

    Even after recording God’s words, the psalmist accuses God of breaking that covenant: 

    “You have renounced the covenant with your servant; you have defiled his crown in the dust.”

    He is looking at whatever has happened and making the leap to doubting God’s faithfulness. Yet at the end of the psalm he praises the Lord! 
     

    What I see here is a man who worships God no matter what. His worship of God doesn't depend on God blessing us and exalting us before our enemies. His worship of God flows from a right fear of God, a right humility before God, a right understanding that even if God does nothing to save us, He is GOD (verses 1-18).

    Amen! 
     

     

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