I Will Still Bless the LORD!
THE FIRST THIRTY-SEVEN VERSES OF PSALM 89 are filled with nothing but praise for God’s power and might and for the promises God has made to his people.
Consider verses 8-9. “O 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.” These verses rehearse for us the incredible power of God. There is no one like God.
In verses 3-4 we are reminded the promises of God. He promised to establish his kingdom through a descendant of David who would sit upon the throne of Israel forever. “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.”
The picture of God in these verses is the picture of a mighty and powerful God who has made promise to bless Israel through the permanent reign of a king, who will sit on the throne of David. It was a psalm that expressed confidence in the steadfast love of God.
But then in verse 38 the mood of the Psalm changes. There seems to be an interruption in fulfilling the promise God had made to Israel. Most likely the psalmist is lamenting the destruction of the city of Jerusalem under the hand of the Babylonians. Instead of blessing, the psalmist speaks of his people “being cast off and rejected.” Instead of God’s anointed reigning on the throne of David as promised, he speaks of God being “full of wrath against your anointed.” This is the tone of Psalm 89:38-51.
Can you relate to this Psalm? When it comes to affirming the power and the might of God, you have no problem saying that no one is like the Lord! You also are very much aware of the promises of God that remind us that nothing can separate us from God through Jesus and that God is in control of all things.
And yet, there is so much that happens in our own personal lives and in the world that is hard to explain. Children are starving to death all around the world. Many governments are corrupt. Those with great resources neglect those in need. Marriages and families crumble. You get the picture. This even happens to God’s people. These things even happen to you and to me.
What is one to do when this happens? Well, I saved the best for last.
You do just like the psalmist did in the very last verse, Psalm 89:52. Because of the character of God and because of the promises of God; even though he couldn’t understand why God has delayed in fulfilling his promises, he concludes the psalm by saying: “Blessed be the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.”
That is probably one of the most powerful declarations of faith you will find in the Bible. In spite of what I see, I will still bless God Almighty, the God who keeps His promises.
Can you say that today? Can you make the conscious choice in the midst of your circumstances to simply affirm with great faith, “Blessed be the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.” I trust you can because God is a mighty God and a God who keeps His promises.
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