Let our complaints therefore be turned into thanksgivings; and in these verses we find that which will be matter of praise and thanksgiving for us in the worst of times, whether upon a personal or a public account, 1. All rights reserved. (1.) High is his right hand, to reach the highest, even those that set their nests among the stars (Amos. Being ordained for men, he is taken from among men, that his terror might not make us afraid. All His enemies will be beaten down, they are scattered (Psalms 89:10; Psalms 89… Psalms 89:10. Verses 15-18 The psalmist, having largely shown the blessedness of the God of Israel, here shows the blessedness of the Israel of God. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my Father. Though it steals upon us under a semblance of humility, yet it is the very essence of pride. This psalm is titled A Song. That he should be victorious over his enemies, that they should not encroach upon him (v. 22): The son of wickedness shall not exact upon him, nor afflict him. As a royal psalm, the psalm celebrates and explores the relationship between God and David, his anointed one, and those that follow in his stead. These Royal Psalms, then, point toward the messiah. NASB: NKJV: NRSV: TEV: NJB: The Lord's Covenant with David, and Israel's Afflictions MT Intro A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite: Remembering the Covenant with David, and Sorrow for Lost Blessings: A King Prays for Deliverance From His … See Lev. Bible commentary on the Book of Psalms, chapter 89, by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics. The highest parts of the world. 7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. God is praised by the assemblies of his saints on earth (praise waits for him in Zion); and, though their praises fall so far short of the praises of angels, yet God is pleased to take notice of them, and accept of them, and reckon himself honoured by them. And this redounds to the everlasting honour of the Lord Jesus, that to him the great cause between God and man is entirely referred and the Father has committed all judgment to him, that all men might honour him (Jn. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 89 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This is one of eleven Royal Psalms (2, 18, 20, 21, 45, 72, 89, 101, 110, 132, 144) that deal with the role of Israel’s king in the spiritual life of the nation. Special tokens of God’s favour are granted them: "They shall walk, O Lord! Commentary, Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 (Advent 4B), W. Dennis Tucker, Jr., Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2011. It has 52 verses and concludes Book 3 of the Psalms. more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. This may allude, 1. 1. (38-52). 3:2 . Christ, in his agony, cried unto God, Thou art my Father (Mt. The scoffers of the latter days do, in like manner, reproach the footsteps of the Messiah when they ask, Where is the promise of his coming? But to all the prophets, those holy ones, he spoke in vision concerning Christ, and to him himself especially, who had lain in his bosom from eternity, and was made perfectly acquainted with the whole design of redemption, Mt. The reproaching of the footsteps of the anointed some refer to the serpent’s bruising the heel of the seed of the woman, or to the sufferings of Christ’s followers, who tread in his footsteps, and are reproached for his name’s sake.III. Christ became a surety for our debt, and thereby Satan and death thought to gain advantage against him; but he satisfied the demands of God’s justice, and then they could not exact upon him. Selah. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. 33:21 ); and that it should continue a royal family—I will build up thy throne to all generations, to all the generations of time. PSALM 89 COMME TARY EDITED BY GLE PEASE A maskil[b] of Ethan the Ezrahite. His counsels from eternity, and their consequences to eternity, are all justice and judgment. The 89th Psalm begins quite the opposite of Psalm 88. If men’s hearts fail them, it is God that dispirits them; but it is sad with the church when those cannot stand who should stand up for it. Of the honour done to God by the assembly of the saints he speaks again (v. 7): God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints. May the Lord enable us to do so. They shall go through all the exercises of a holy life under the powerful influences of God’s lovingkindness, which shall make their duty pleasant to them and make them sincere in it, aiming at this, as their end, to be accepted of the Lord.’’ We then walk in the light of the Lord when we fetch all our comforts from God’s favour and are very careful to keep ourselves in his love.III. <> I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness … It is but a rod, not an axe, not a sword; it is for correction, not for destruction. Commentary on Psalm 89:19-37 (Read Psalm 89:19-37) The Lord anointed David with the holy oil, not only as an emblem of the graces and gifts he received, but as a type of Christ, the King Priest, and Prophet, anointed with the Holy Ghost without measure. Therefore it is the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ which we look for unto eternal life, Jude. Many psalms that begin with complaint and prayer end with joy and praise, but this begins with joy and praise and ends with sad complaints and petitions; for the psalmist first recounts God's former favours, and then with the consideration of them aggravates the present grievances. "Thou art the glory of their strength,’’ that is, "thou art their strength, and it is their glory that thou art so, and what they glory in.’’ Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph. Now this will be differently understood according as we apply it to Christ or David.(1.) Before God we are nothing. Let every saint praise him, but especially the congregation of saints; when they come together, let them join in praising God. The enemies talk insolently: He is a reproach to his neighbours, who triumph in his fall from so great a degree of honour. Contributed by Brady Boyd on Jul 2, 2020. But how little of this appears in our congregations, and how much cause have we to humble ourselves on this account! Those that rejoice in Christ Jesus, and make God their exceeding joy, have enough to counterbalance their grievances and silence their griefs; and therefore their joy is full (1 Jn. As declaring a great truth. 2:6 . Because even the best of Israelite kings were flawed in some way, the nation’s ultimate hope was in the messiah. The argument and sum of the whole; … MY SANCTIFICATION - Vs. 7 - God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. As a royal psalm, the psalm celebrates and explores the relationship between God and David, his anointed one, and those that follow in his stead. WALKING WITH GOD . It is a rod in the hand of God, who is wise, and knows what he does; gracious, and will do what is best. This is most fitly called a Maschil, for it is most instructive. He always does that which is kind to his people and consonant to the word which he has spoken: "Mercy and truth shall go before thy face, to prepare thy way, as harbingers to make room for thee—mercy in promising, truth in performing—truth in being as good as thy word, mercy in being better.’’ How praiseworthy are these in great men, much more in the great God, in whom they are in perfection! Their relation to God is their protection and safety (v. 18): "For our shield is of the Lord’’ (so the margin) "and our king is from the Holy One of Israel. All His enemies will be beaten down, they are scattered ( Psalms 89:10 ; Psalms 89:22 ). Tabor is commonly supposed to be that high mountain in Galilee on the top of which Christ was transfigured; and then indeed it might be said to rejoice in that voice which was there heard, This is my beloved Son. It contrasts the promised prosperity and perpetuity of David's throne (with reference to the great promise of 2Sa 7:12-17), with a time when God appeared to have forgotten His covenant. Or, 3. The honour of the house of David was lost. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 89 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This is one of eleven Royal Psalms (2, 18, 20, 21, 45, 72, 89, 101, 110, 132, 144) that deal with the role of Israel's king in the spiritual life of the nation. Show content in: English Both Hebrew. 3. It is uncertain when it was penned; only, in general, that it was at a time when the house of David was woefully eclipsed; some think it was at the time of the captivity of Babylon, when king Zedekiah was insulted over, and abused, by Nebuchadnezzar, and then they make the title to signify no more than that the psalm was set to the tune of a song of Ethan the son of Zerah, called Maschil; others suppose it to be penned by Ethan, who is mentioned in the story of Solomon, who, outliving that glorious prince, thus lamented the great disgrace done to the house of David in the next reign by the revolt of the ten tribes. And yet our communities know the watery mire of chaos. If the ancient lovingkindnesses spoken of (v. 49) be forgotten (those relating to another life), man is indeed made in vain. His arm, his hand, is mighty and strong, both to save his people and to destroy his and their enemies; none can either resist the force or bear the weight of his mighty hand. To the end Christ shall have a people in the world to serve and honour him. 26:39, Mt. He is one that is mighty, every way qualified for the great work he was to undertake, able to save to the uttermost —mighty in strength, for he is the Son of God—mighty in love, for he is able experimentally to compassionate those that are tempted. He will be both just and merciful. The perpetuity of it; the blessings of the covenant were not only secured to David himself, but were entailed on his family; it was promised that his family should continue—Thy seed will I establish for ever, so that David shall not want a son to reign (Jer. Secondly, They are here told that they must smart for it (v. 32): I will visit their transgression with a rod, their transgression sooner than that of others. Christ had a great deal of hard work to do and hard usage to go through; but he that gave him commission gave him forces sufficient for the execution of his commission: "My arm also shall strengthen him to break through and bear up under all his difficulties.’’ No good work can miscarry in the hand of those whom God himself undertakes to strengthen. We are here told, 1. Psalms 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. If we apply it to Christ, by his seed we are to understand his subjects, all believers, his spiritual seed, the children which God has given him, Heb. We think he should slay them immediately, but sometimes he scatters them, that he may send them abroad to be monuments of his justice, Ps. The glory and perfection of God. 1:27, Lu. He that at first broke the peace would set himself against him that undertook to make peace, and do what he could to blast his design: but he could only reach to bruise his heel; further he could not exact upon him nor afflict him. [1.] The incontestable property he has in all the creatures of the upper and lower world (v. 11, v. 12): "Men are honoured for their large possessions; but the heavens are thine, O Lord! In religious assemblies God has promised the presence of his grace, but we must also, in them, have an eye to his glorious presence, that the familiarity we are admitted to may not breed the least contempt; for he is terrible in his holy places, and therefore greatly to be feared. He is the mighty God. or, Unto what vanity hast thou created all the sons of Adam! This Psalm was composed during some season of great national distress, perhaps Absalom's rebellion. 103:20 . The Lord anointed David with the holy oil, not only as an emblem of the graces and gifts he received, but as a type of Christ, the King Priest, and Prophet, anointed with the Holy Ghost without measure. I will sing of your steadfast love, O L ord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. 3. there is none like unto thee, O people! 6. (2.) in the light of thy countenance; they shall govern themselves by thy directions, shall be guided by the eye; and they shall delight themselves in thy consolations. (2.) GodRules Store: Bargains; New Releases; Best Sellers ; Your Own Online Business News/Reviews: World News ; Movie Reviews ; Book Search Are you a Christian? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD? 3 * For I said, “My mercy is established forever; my faithfulness will stand as long as the heavens. (1-4) The glory and perfection of God. From all this complaint learn what work sin makes with families, noble families, with families in which religion has appeared. Though our expectations may be disappointed, yet God's promises are established in the heavens, in his eternal counsels; they are out of the reach of opposers in hell and earth... View the entire commentary. God's unchangeableness and faithfulness assure us that He will not cast off those whom he has chosen and covenanted with. 7. "The head being broken, thou hast scattered the remainder with the arm of thy strength.’’ God has more ways than one to deal with his and his church’s enemies. Notice it reappears in Ps. 65:12 . A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. Psalms 89. David is here called God’s chosen and his servant; and, as God is not changeable to recede from his own choice, so he is not unrighteous to cast off one that served him. As, The covenant God made with David and his seed was mentioned before (, In these verses we have,I. He pleads the shortness and vanity of life (v. 47): Remember how short my time is, how transitory I am (say some), therefore unable to bear the power of thy wrath, and therefore a proper object of thy pity. He is called Messiah, or Christ, the Anointed. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Their relation to God is their honour and dignity. Their afflictions and distresses may be grievous, but he will not finally cast them off. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken A Psalm of l the Sons of Korah. As there is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, so, happy art thou, O Israel! 1:6 . Saints should assemble for religious worship, that they may publicly own their relation to God and may stir up one another to give honour to him, and, in keeping up communion with God, may likewise maintain the communion of saints. If it was penned in Rehoboam’s time, it was true as to the greatest part of the kingdom, five parts of six; if in Zedekiah’s time, it was more remarkably true of the poor remainder. He is a Saviour of God’s own providing; for the salvation, from first to last, is purely the Lord’s doing. However it be, the everlasting covenant is firm and sure, v. 2-4. Glorious discoveries are made to them, and glad tidings of good brought to them; they hear, they know, the joyful sound, v. 15. What is hell, but the wrath of God, burning for ever? I TRODUCTIO SPURGEO , "TITLE. 3:3, 2 Pt. 33:24 . At the heart of Psalm 89 is the shattering of the world, to which the psalm gives articulation and to whose unraveling the entire Psalter is devoted. The Book of Psalms Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET PSALM 89 Psa 89:1-52. It was supposed that they had broken God’s statutes, profaned and polluted them (so the word signifies); "But,’’ says God, "I will not break, I will not profane and pollute, my covenant;’’ it is the same word. Here we have, (1.) PSALM 89. Lord, since my life is so transitory, and will, ere long, be at an end, let it not be always so miserable that I should rather choose no being at all than such a being.’’ Job pleads thus, Job. "They are thy enemies who do thus reproach us; and wilt thou not appear against them as such?’’ (4.) The remotest parts of the world, the north and south, the countries that lie under the two poles, which are uninhabited and little known: "Thou hast created them, and therefore knowest them, takest care of them, and hast tributes of praise from them.’’ The north is said to be hung over the empty place; yet what fulness there is there God is the owner of it. Thou hast made his glory to cease (so uncertain is all earthly glory, and so soon does it wither) and thou hast cast his throne down to the ground, not only dethroned the king, but put a period to the kingdom, v. 44. That he should own God as his Father, and God would own him as his Son, his firstborn, v. 26, v. 27. They are happy, for they are high. (4.) If there be any beings that can pretend to vie with God, surely they must be found among the angels; but they are all infinitely short of him: Who in the heaven can be compared with the Lord, so as to challenge any share of the reverence and adoration which are due to him only, or to set up in rivalship with him for the homage of the children of men? The psalm ends with praise, even after this sad complaint. Of Ethan—(See on [625]Ps 88:1, title). Of Ethan--(See on JF & B for Ps 88:1, title). v. 5; that is, "the glorious inhabitants of the upper world continually celebrate thy praises.’’ Bless the Lord, you his angels, Ps. I will make him my firstborn. 8:6 . (2.) 2. Commentaries, history books, and more are linked to this page. In the psalm, Ethan sings about a problem. Audio Commentary: Psalm 89 Psalm 89. Yet all this was a faint shadow of the Redeemer's sufferings, deliverance, glory, and authority, in whom alone these predictions and promises are fully brought to pass. Christ is the Holy One of Israel; and in him was that peculiar people more blessed than in any other blessing. [2.] They were with Christ; God made good all his promises to him. What we ought, in our praises, to give God the glory of. But there is none between God and the angels; they are not his peers. Wilt thou undo what thou hast done? Nobles are princes’ peers; some parity there is between them. Next » Chapter 90. 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. 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