290-328. —George Swinnock. 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. Here is another forcible point; the scoffers are the Lord's enemies as well as ours, and their reproach falls upon him as well as upon us; therefore we cry for the Lord's interposition. (b) Emphasised. with them in Christ, and with Christ in their name. As to the words Amen and Amen, I readily grant that they are here employed to mark the end of the third book of the Psalms. 2. Read a portion of Scripture, and then, perhaps, some suggestive verse or word in it will set you praying; and then, when you have prayed, stop a little while, and read again; and so a blessed conversation shall be carried on between you and your God. Even thus we would entreat the Lord to remember the cause of Christ in these days. In the psalm… Psalm 89:1 In Hebrew texts 89:1-52 is numbered 89:2-53. Psalms 89:26. Will not man have been made in vain if his life be but short, and that short life be nothing but sorrow? Shall thy wrath burn like fire? Therefore, the promise imports that Christ shall reign, not simply as a person in the Godhead (which he ever did, ever will, and ever must); but relatively, mediatorially, and in his office character, as the deliverer and king of Zion. With whom my hand shall be established. In the Works of John Boys, folio, pp. 43. Then will I visit their transgressions with the rod. The work remains in print today in several editions. 4. The Scribes and Pharisees were beaten down before his face. Thou hast been wroth with thine anointed. for he is the "King of kings, and he is the Lord of lords; "a God above all gods, even angels themselves, as elsewhere the Psalmist hath it. The heavens broke forth with music at the wonders of mercy contained in the glad tidings concerning Bethlehem, and the saints who came together in the temple magnified the faithfulness of God at the birth of the Son of David. Jesus must be among us, and then there will be no lack of force in any of our church agencies. All things are alike God's—rebellious earth as well as adoring heaven. 21. 2 Samuel 7:4-5. Mercies celebrated. Mercy founded upon truth. Amen and Amen. Psalms 89:16. (a) They for ever one with him. Do you suppose that this was spoken to David, in his own person only? —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. 19 (second clause). Ver. They shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. Commentary, Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18, Scott Shauf, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2011. Let the reader and writer both pause over such glorious lines, and sing of the mercies of the Lord, who thus avows the bonds of the covenant, and, in so doing, gives a renewed pledge of his faithfulness to it. "Alas, alas! Satan could not exact any debt or homage for him. Psalms 89:14. Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Neque enim exhiberetur veritas in impletione promissorum nisi proecederet misericordia in remissione peccatorum. The course of action suggested to his people by the two facts. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. How bold is the challenge! The interceding poet takes breath amid his lament, and then turns from describing the sorrows of the kingdom to pleading with the Lord. The Story of Psalm 89. 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. Ver. That God comes to no one unless His grace go before Him. "An epithet of God", says Bythner, "as though breaking all things." 1. And these knowing the wonders of that covenant of grace, they, even they are said to praise; "The heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord" In the Hebrew it is "thy wonder", or "thy miracle", in the singular number, which, in Ephesians 3:10, the angels are said to adore: and in. To the Chief Musician. "Truly, my lord, you have a great horn." As for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them. 7. Whoever else may defend us, he is our ultimate Defender and Shield. Let us not despair of the kingdom of truth; the Lord has not abdicated the throne of earth or handed it over to the sway of Satan. This crowns the covenant with exceeding glory. That he would die an ignominious death. Ver. O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? What or who is too great, or too strong for God to deal with? Where does his kingdom come among the sons of men? In thy name shall they rejoice all the day. 26. Ver. "I have", says the Lord, and yet again "I have", as though he himself was nothing loath to dwell upon the theme. Ver. 1 Kings 4:31)]. Whereas Psalm 73 dealt with the prosperity of the wicked, Psalm 89 wrestles with the faithfulness of God to His promises. No human language can adequately describe that glorious hand which has only to be opened to satisfy the desire of every living thing. —J.N. By reason of their great troubles they were made a mock of by ungodly men, and hence the Lord's pity is entreated. Be thou blessed evermore. —John Howe. That we should live to the praise of the glory of his grace wherewith he hath made us freely accepted in his Beloved. Exodus 33:20. —Thomas Du-gard, in a Funeral Sermon, 1648. Blessed be his name that it is so. Nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Or from the Old Testament to the New: for the blessed Apostles in their sermons usually cite sentences out of the Psalms. Our sheaves do obeisance to thy sheaf. The heavenly Father loves the blood and marks of his Christ which he sees upon them, and the remains of faith and godliness which are preserved hidden in the depth of their heart, this is why he will not cast them off. The Dutch have translated these words, Who can be shadowed with him? All who are in Jesus should rejoice, for they shall prove in their own experience the faithful mercy of the Lord. However the power and faithfulness of God may be seen and heard in the work and speech of the heavens by all men, yet are they not observed and hearkened unto except in the Church by God's children: therefore saith he, They shall praise thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. The psalms that immediately … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 8" Ver. Also I will make him my firstborn. 26. That he knew how to want, and hvw to abound, keeps him from being Enos, miserable or wretched in any fortune; he is gheber, a great man, and a good man, a happy man, and a holy man, and yet Mi gheber, Quis homo, this man must see death. —Joseph Caryl. Now, to set forth the perpetuity hereof, he first useth words that express firmitude, as established, built up for ever, Psalms 89:2; Psalms 89:4. 23. Ver. ...Truth goes before the face of God, because God keeps it ever before his eyes, to mould his actions thereby. Ver. They are in 2 Samuel 7:12-17. David was God's elect, elect out of the people, as one of themselves, and elect to the highest position in the state. Or to thy faithfulness round about thee. It is not Adam, which is another name of man, and signifies nothing but red earth; let it be earth red with blood, (with that murder which we have done upon ourselves,)let it be earth red with blushing, (so the word is used in the original), with a conscience of our own infirmity, what wonder if man, that is but Adam, guilty of this self murder in himself, guilty of this inborn frailty in himself, die too? Psalm 8. Surely the Spirit of God would have us to take notice, that though the sea be indeed such a giant, such a monster, as will make a heart of oak shake, or a heart of brass melt, yet what is it to God, but an infant? O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? Spurgeon left this earth for his heavenly hope in 1892. Psalm 4. Ver. 37. No, indeed; but to David as the antitype, figure, and forerunner of Jesus Christ. Ver. Ver. Does this verse refer to the oft repeated sarcasm —"Where is the promise of his coming?" 51. It is so here you see. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father. —Richard Mant. (c) They have actually: as David himself and others. This is rather implied than directly stated in the present Psalm. And build up thy throne to all generations. Notice that God found David, and anointed him as king, even as he has taken the Lord Jesus, and anointed him with the oil of gladness above his fellows. Ver. Worldly men need outward prosperity to make them lift up their heads, but the saints find more than enough encouragement in the secret love of God. Sin is akin to presumptuous boldness, but holiness is sister to holy fear. For them it is joy enough that Jehovah is favourable to them; all day long this contents them and enables them with rigour to pursue their pilgrimage. —James Stratten, 1845. He, in the words before us, virtually reasserts his covenant and rehearses his engagements. (b) At what season—"all the day", morning, noon, and. They shall hold on their way. 49. "C.H. Therefore we praise thee, therefore we trust in thee, therefore we will not fear what man can do against us. So many zealous and industrious doctors have lived (in respect of their age) but a little, yet in respect of their acts, a great while, shining still in their works and writings, as lights of the world. 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. 1. Ver. 20. Jehovah has overthrown his enemies with his own right arm, unaided and alone. He regards the rich and wealthy no more than the poor and necessitous: he snatches persons out of their mansion houses and hereditary seats, as well as out of almshouses and hospitals. Faithfulness declared. —Thomas Goodwin. Shall go. Selah. —Philip Bennett Power. Selah. I have said. Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces as one that is slain; —. 17. 12. 30. When I add to the consideration of my short time, that of dying mankind, and behold a dark and deadly shade universally overspreading the world, the whole species of human creatures vanishing, quitting the stage round about me, and disappearing almost as soon as they show themselves; have I not a fair and plausible ground for that (seemingly rude) challenge? In this filial, crying the true sons should imitate him. He is that stone of which he himself said, “Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”. Psalm 88 – A Desperate Prayer from Deep Affliction. David was the youngest son of Jesse, the lowest on the list of a numerous family, —the very last individual among them who could have expected exaltation over all others. Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound. He who protects should govern, our defender should be acknowledged as our king. Download the e-Sword Module Installer; Author: Charles Spurgeon e-Sword Version: 9.x - 10.x Suggest New Tag:: calvanism, puritan, reformed baptist Updated 8/7/2011: Added 40+ files from Operation Heaven Sent. 2. —Abraham Booth, 1734-1806. 4, pp. Psalm 89:18 Or sovereign; Psalm 89:24 Horn here symbolizes strength. Does God love you? The echo, "Amen and amen." Wilt thou burn up the throne which thou hast sworn to perpetuate? Jesus is no servant of princes, nor would he have his bride, the church, degrade herself by bowing before kings and eating the bread of a pensioner at their hands. The Singer's Duty, magnifying the mercies of God always, even from one generation to another. Thy wonders. If it were conceivable that he had repented of it, he would not be found dwelling upon it, and repeating it with renewed emphasis. C.H. Alexander remarks, that the infinite superiority of God to men and angels is here expressed, or rather indicated, by an accumulation of descriptive titles. This exhibits a continually working providence. Ver. Nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. 2. "Commentary on Psalms 89:4". The enemy shall not exact upon him; Ver. There is no sword in God’s hand to be used against his own children, but he does hold a rod, and that rod makes us smart, and causes the blueness of the wound which cleanseth away evil. 25. That no one comes to the knowledge of God, but he who has obtained mercy beforehand. it is because he loves Christ; you are one with Christ. This clause Kimchi expounds not only of the perpetuity, but of the quality and condition of David's Kingdom, after this fashion: If his children be good, they shall be like the moon, when full and shining; if bad, like the moon waning and obscure. (b) How exalted. 38. The days of his youth hast thou shortened. If the gospel system can be disproved, nothing remains for us or any other of the sons of men, which can render existence worth the having. 33. Before we argue our case before the Lord it is most becoming to acknowledge that we know him to be supremely great and good, whatever may be the appearance of his providence; this is such a course as every wise man will take who desires to have an answer of peace in the day of trouble. 1. What blessed heralds does the Lord employ! But the prophet has thus worded it, because, being the children and members of his Christ, the favours which God bestows upon us belong to him in some manner; and it seems that the Psalmist wishes to show us hereby, that it is in Jesus Christ, and for love of him alone, that God bestows favours on us. Pindar calls truth yugatera Dios the daughter of God. Ver. Mark what he will do! —Thomas Brooks. Psalms 89:26-34. I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto. Piscator translates it, Vehementer formidandus, to be vehemently feared; and opposes it to that formal, careless, trifling, vain spirit, which too often is found in those that approach the Lord in the duties of his worship. Our Lord's filial spirit, and how it was displayed. What man. Ver. Thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens. But it is a matter of the greatest moment; for it indicates the victory of faith, since he observes that after that grief, the reproach of the heel is gloriously removed that the Messiah may remain a victor for ever, having bruised the serpent's head, and taken away from him in perpetuity all his power of hurting. Christ is a thorough Saviour, a mighty Saviour: Isaiah 63:1, "Mighty to save." 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). Ver. He says, "If a child of mine breaks my law". For a taste, see Psalms 89:19 "I have laid help upon one that is mighty", mighty to pardon, reconcile, to justify, to save, to bring to glory; suitable to that of the Apostle, Hebrews 7:25, "He is able to save to the uttermost" —that is, to all ends and purposes, perfectly, completely, fully, continually, perpetually. In the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, the dynasty of David shall endure for ever, and the spiritual seed of Christ shall also never come to an end. or to thy faithfulness round about thee? The gospel is a joyful sound. 1. Lo, we bow before thee, thou Heir of all things! Other kingdoms and thrones have their times and their turns, their rise and their ruins, but so hath not the kingdom and throne of Jesus Christ. How do I view e-Sword Modules? Ver. He then praises and magnifies the name of the Lord for his power, justice, and mercy, Psalms 89:5-14. —Capel Molyneux, 1855. The crown of a king, (like that of the high priest, on which was inscribed "holiness to the Lord") (Exodus 28:36) was a sacred thing, and therefore to cast it in the dust was to profane it. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my. Ver. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical … Who in the higher clouds is equal to Jehovah, so Tremellius reads it. The believer's promotion; he is exalted. I have exalted one chosen out of the people, His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the, His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as. Indeed, we read that Julius Caesar bid the master of the ship wherein he was sailing, take courage notwithstanding the boisterous tempest, because he had Caesar and his fortunes embarked in his vessel, as much as to say, the element on which they then were could not prove fatal to an emperor, to so great a one as he was. 89. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. 33. Fire cannot injure it; storms cannot overthrow it; age cannot impair it. So that were not the Most High to administer impartial justice in his moral government, he might be considered, if it be lawful to use the expression, as abdicating his throne. 51. Here is ground for strong confidence; may our faith be of such a nature as these assurances will warrant. Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle. Since that auspicious day, the general assembly on high and the sacred congregation below have not ceased to sing unto Jehovah, the Lord that keepeth covenant with his elect. 1. And he says not only, There is none like thee; but, Who is like unto thee? We are allowed to do this, for this holy and inspired man did so unrebuked, but we must do it humbly and in faith. That is, he should reign from the Mediterranean to the Euphrates; figuratively expressed by his left hand being extended to the sea, and his right hand to the rivers. Mine arm also shall strengthen him. As the literal David was thrice anointed king, once by Samuel in Jesse's house at Bethlehem: once at Hebron after the death of Saul, as king over Judah; and again at seven years' end, as ruler over all Israel: so also "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power" in his nativity at Bethlehem; a second time over his Church at his resurrection, when the tyrant who sought his life was overcome, and then only over the small "confederation" (which Hebron means) of his Jewish disciples; but a third time in his ascension to the heavenly Jerusalem, the Vision of Peace, where he, now crowned as King of Glory, was anointed over all heaven and earth, supreme over all the princes of God. —Arthur Pridham. all those whom I have given to thee in the decree of election, all those whom thou shalt live and die to redeem, these will I establish for ever, so as to render their salvation irreversible and inadmissible: and build up thy throne, thy mediatorial throne, as King of saints and covenant Head of the elect, to all generations: there shall always be a succession of favoured sinners to be called and sanctified, in consequence of thy federal obedience unto death; and every period of time shall recompense thy covenant sufferings with an increasing revenue of converted souls, until as many as are ordained to eternal life are gathered in. 42. I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever. —John Boys. Never a rod in the house? He shall cry unto me, thou art my father. This is an incredible paradox to a blind world, that the believer who is sitting at this moment upon the dunghill of this earth, should at the same time be sitting in heaven in Christ, his glorious Head and representative, Ephesians 2:6. —William Kay. 3. 23. The Lord had made David a mighty man of valour, and now he covenants to make him the helper and defender of the Jewish state. Thou rulest the raging of the sea. There is a tension in this Psalm, between the LORD’s promise of an everlasting dynasty for the line of David (Psalm 89:3-4; Psalm 89:28), and the complaint of the Psalmist (Psalm 89:38). For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. What we hear is the language of passion, not of sedate conviction. 46. What Ethan sung is now a text book for Christians, and will be so as long as this dispensation shall last. And in Psalms 89:7, he is there presented with all his saints and angels round about him, as one that is greatly to be feared, or that is terrible in himself, by reason of his greatness, in this his council and assembly of his saints, and to be had in reverence of all that are about him. O glorious fear killing sentence! —Bellarmine. 9. "And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. Ver. 45. Oh, what a blessed spirit the spirit of true devotion is! (a) Their internal glory. 1. King david collected them all and added the psalms of his own which he had composed by divine inspiration. (a) By whom? And I suppose this to be the meaning of Christ when he says, "My sheep hear my voice, and they follow me; and a stranger will they not follow, for they know not the voice of strangers." 3. 28. Psalm 89:18 Or sovereign; Psalm 89:24 Horn here symbolizes strength. Not taken away sorrow for his departure and desire for his return. But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted. David's house must be royal: as long as there was a sceptre in Judah, David's seed must be the only rightful dynasty; the great "King of the Jews" died with that title above his head in the three current languages of the then known world, and at this day he is owned as king by men of every tongue. Fausset. The days of his youth hast thou shortened. Well, God explains—"If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments" —that is, if the seed practically fall away—"If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. that is, they are not worthy to be accounted shadows unto such a comparison with him. 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