If it were conceivable that he had repented of it, he would not be found dwelling upon it, and repeating it with renewed emphasis. “Mercy and truth shall go before thy face.” It is these gracious attributes, especially as they are displayed in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, that enable us even to welcome those sterner attributes, “justice and judgment,” which are the habitation of God’s throne. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? "We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. Ver. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical … The most stable part of the universe is selected as a type of Messiah's kingdom, and both sun and moon are made to be symbols of its long endurance. 4. If there were no other proof in the whole Psalm, that one clause would be a demonstration to me that no other man than the Lord Jesus Christ can be here spoken of. The great Jehovah, the Maker and the Owner and the Ruler of the universe, hath said respecting his Christ, "I will make him my firstborn"; that is, I will constitute him the chief of all creatures, and the depository of all power, and the possessor of all privileges, and the heir of all creation. —Alexander Geddes. Psalms 89:13. Selah. 9. Ver. 50. Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them. 4. Table of Contents. While reading this Psalm, such in the freshness of the style, that one seems to hear it gushing from the poet's mouth; he makes the letters live and talk, or, rather, sing to us. 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. Ver. 30. He lays here his holiness to pledge for the assurance of his promise, as the attribute most dear to him, most valued by him, as though no other could give an assurance parallel to it, in this concern of an everlasting redemption, which is there spoken of. "In thy favour", etc. In what stronger language can he express his unalterable adherence to the truth of his promise? If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Psalm 22. —Capel Molyneux. The north and the south thou hast created them. My God, as far as my humanity is concerned; the support of my salvation, as regards my mortality. 1. The kings of David's line needed mercy, and mercy prevented their house from utterly perishing until the Son of Mary came. 26. —Samuel Horsley. By no means let his exchequer of glory be deprived of the continual revenue which we owe to it. Oh to be taught of God to have a praiseful heart, for then all around us will be more likely also to praise Jehovah. it is because he loves Christ; you are one with Christ. Psalm 20. The Equity of the divine government—"justice", etc. The arms and military prowess of thy people are no longer of any use to them; Thou art against them, and therefore they are fallen. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. Wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed. 2. Ver. "The People's Christ; Ps 89:19," Charles H. Spurgeon, 1855. The solemn covenant made with him in respect to the perpetuity of his throne. 84. First, it is the first hymn one encounters when reading the Psalms straight through. As sin is so frequent, the rod never rests long together; in God's family the rod is not spared, or the children would be spoiled. Christ is the firstborn of every creature, and in all things hath the preeminence: Psalms 89:29, His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven. Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound —viz., of the trumpets sounded in token of joy at the great festivals, and chiefly on the first day of the seventh month, the feast of trumpets (Leviticus 23:24), and on extraordinary occasions, especially after the yearly atonement, on the day of jubilee, the tenth day of the seventh month of the fiftieth year, proclaiming liberty to bondmen, and restoration of their inheritance to them that had forfeited it (Leviticus 25:8-10). For thou art the glory of their strength. 52. Ver. The sun and moon, which had been made tokens of the covenant, would praise God for such an extraordinary display of mercy, and the angels and redeemed spirits would sing, "as it were, a new song.". There is a theoretical knowledge of the gospel. Ver. 9. Amen, says the church on earth—says the church in heaven—say the angels of God—says the whole holy and happy universe—says eternity past and eternity to come. Let us bless God before we pray, and while we pray, and when we have done praying, for he always deserves it of us. —William Jay. Ver. Ver. I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand, Ver. Selah. 1. He say—"I will visit their transgressions with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes." Where are the glories of Pentecost? The days of his youth hast thou shortened. 8. Psalms 89:27. Of Ethan the Ezrahite: perhaps the same person as Jeduthun, who was a musician in David's reign; was noted for his wisdom in Solomon's days, and probably survived till the troubles of Rehoboam's period. Ver. I do bear in, my bosom the reproach. Selah. 41. Amen, and Amen. 6. Who among the sons of the mighty. Saints are a race that neither death nor life can kill. (e) Above all accusations (Romans 8:33-34.). What he had not done. The psalmist rejoices in the Lord as the Creator and Possessor of the heavens above and the earth beneath. The oil with which he is anointed is God's own oil, and holy oil; he is divinely endowed with the Spirit of holiness. 1. In the first Adam we were debased unto the lowest hell, the crown having fallen from our heads; but in Christ, the second Adam, we are again exalted; yea, exalted as high as heaven, for we "sit together with him in heavenly places", says the apostle. Of how much greater admiration, I say is it worthy, that they are also joined together, and that not after a simple fashion, but by the ties of a covenant? 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. Ver. Ver. Allen P. Ross. 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.”. At this time the people of God, who follow the Lord fully, are subject to a thousand reproaches, and some of them of the most bitter kind. Ver. (a) They for ever one with him. This earnest and humble prayer teaches us that saints may fall into the worst of sins unless restrained by grace, and that therefore they … 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. I will sing. David's dynasty never decays, but on the contrary, is evermore consolidated by the great Architect of heaven and earth. Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground. —Jean Daille. This undoubtedly sounds like the voice of one who knows no hereafter. When heaven and earth witness, and the Lord himself swears, there remains no excuse for doubting, and faith joyfully reposes in confident expectation. 3. or to thy faithfulness round about thee? Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. God is greatly to be feared. 40. Thou hast broken down all his hedges. And as a faithful witness in heaven. Everything is vanity if religion be vanity. "Alas, alas! "Blessed", etc. These are not the ungodly or the unconverted that are spoken of, but God's own children. Psalm 89:19. Ver. Psalm 89 Matthew Henry's Commentary. —The sacred poet commences by affirming his belief in the faithfulness of the Lord to his covenant with the house of David, and makes his first pause at Psalms 89:4. I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. Commentary on Psalm 100. And as a faithful witness in heaven. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD. Is the reproach aimed at the delays of the Messiah, those long expected footfalls which as yet are unheard? 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. — therefore the assemblies of the saints on earth adore him, seeing none can rival him. The basis, then, of Jehovah's government, or that on which it rests, is "justice and judgment." —Matthew Henry. Who would not reverence him with deepest love? 1. 30. He is still the great Intercessor before the throne of his Father. The Psalmist returns to a consideration of the covenant made with David. 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. The persons selected for this work. The Singer's Duty, magnifying the mercies of God always, even from one generation to another. 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. These reproaches are really the reproach of Christ, and, at bottom, are meant for him. Thus runs the covenant; and when the church declines, it is ours to plead it before the ever faithful God, as the Psalmist does in the latter verses of this sacred song. In the issue of affliction. 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. 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. "Taken as a whole, Psalm 89 contrasts the might and faithfulness of God." Now, Psalm 89:7 is the only other place where this phrase is used. David had in his earlier history been hunted by Saul like a partridge on the mountains, and though he had striven in all things to act justly towards Saul, because he was the Lord's anointed, yet Saul was never content with his displays of loyalty, but persecuted him relentlessly. 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. 1. Psalms 89:10-12. O glorious fear killing sentence! Psalm 89:18 Or sovereign; Psalm 89:24 Horn here symbolizes strength. 5. 4. How long will he leave matters to take their course? 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. No Judas can now betray him to death, no Pilate can deliver him to be crucified. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Mercy and truth shall go before thy face. Spurgeon is known mostly for his sermons. Who in the higher clouds is equal to Jehovah, so Tremellius reads it. And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. It may refer to the tune to which the Psalm was to be sung, so Wilcocks and others think; or it may refer to a musical instrument now unknown, but common in those days; or it may have a reference to Ben, who is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 15:18, as one of the Levitical singers. Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD? Sometimes you feel that you cannot praise God, and cannot pray to him. They have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed. He does not say he will leave them and forsake them. Ver. Spurgeon Sermons, Complete Set Browse the complete set of Charles Spurgeon’s 63 volumes of sermons below by expanding a section as you go, or perform a search here. In our Lord Jesus the dynasty of David remains upon the throne. The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fullness thereof, thou hast founded them. 51. 5. Mine arm also shall strengthen him. Spurgeon left this earth for his heavenly hope in 1892. We, too, have seen our Rahab broken, our sins overthrown, and we cannot but unite in the ascription of praise unto the Lord. Is there no means of reclaiming them? 43. He would be a servant of the Father. 4-7), and expresses faith that God will save them (vv. —David Dickson. As nothing can be added to it, so nothing can be diminished from it. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him. 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. (a) By whom? Ver. No subject is more important or is so fully the key to all theology as that of the covenant. Here he quotes the very words of God, which were revealed to him by the Holy Spirit, and are a condensation of the original covenant in 2 Samuel 7:1-29. Ver. But I can imagine a state still more solemnly affecting than even this. Darby. 8. Psalms 89:10. But Psalm 8 is unique in at least two ways. He would be sustained in it by the Father. That is exactly what God says; he comes and contemplates such a case, and he says, "If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments, then" —what? 43. Once have I sworn by my holiness. We may remind the Lord of his first deeds of love, his former love to his church, his former favour to ourselves. If they fall into sins of commission; if they shoot beyond the mark. The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine. Then will I visit their transgressions with the rod. 30. —William Nicholson. Psalms 89:46. 91. Set up the boundaries again, and keep thy church as a vineyard reserved for thyself. Let the great ones of the earth be wise and submit to him, for he is Lord, and he is the governor among the nations. As a mother stills her babe to sleep, so the Lord calms the fury of the sea, the anger of men, the tempest of adversity, the despair of the soul, and the rage of hell. Jesus has never abdicated, nor gone into banishment. (a) The nevertheless characterized. Tabor and Hermon. In how many particulars, especially when we survey that large range of characters to which we may give the denomination of wasted lives; there to behold peerless genius frittering itself away upon unworthy attainments, upon worthless performances; imagination that might adorn truth, if that were possible; wit, that might select and discriminate the true from the false; and eloquence that might enforce the true; —where do we find these? To what happiness or dignity the believer is exalted by virtue of that righteousness. In thy favour our horn shall be exalted. And what is that rock or marble here? In his extraction, election, and exaltation, he was an eminent type of the Lord Jesus, who is the man of the people, the chosen of God, and the king of his church. 3. There is no such plague to bad men as the prosperity of the cause of Jesus. Thou rulest the raging of the sea. It is an evil thing among men for one to be a "covenant breaker", and such an opprobrious epithet shall never be applicable to the Most High. 1. Gratitude constrains me to communicate to others a portion of the benefit, with the prayer that it may induce them to search further for themselves. (b) Their internal honour. And by all means; with his mouth, for that is expressed in this verse; with his mind, for that is implied in the next—I have said, etc., that is, believed in my heart, and therefore spake it with my tongue, Psalms 116:10. Not taken away sorrow for his departure and desire for his return. Ver. Ver. There can never be an end to the throne of Christ, for his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; and there can never be an end to the family of Christ, for his seed shall endure for ever. no, for Nebuchadnezzar lusting after these, lost no less than a kingdom. 2. "Oh, that my words were now written! 1. The words, "Nevertheless my lovingkindness will not utterly take from him", are worthy of consideration; for the question being about those who are chastised, it would appear that he should have written, from them, and not from him. 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. New saith God, "I have made a covenant with him; "so then there is a covenant that God the Father hath made with Christ the Mediator; which covenant, the Father engages to the Son, shall stand fast, there shall be no cancelling or disannulling of it. This attribute he makes most of. Baptista Folengius. Spurgeon's wife said that if Spurgeon had never written any other work, this would have been a permanent literary memorial. And the tradition of this its designation to proclaim comfort to mankind was strong among the heathens: for, according to the mythology of the Greeks, the "rainbow" was the daughter of "wonder", "a sign to mortal men", and regarded, upon its appearance, as a messenger of the celestial deities. their iniquity with stripes, which are either many or few in proportion as the heart is properly affected by them. A complete set of The Treasury of David in book form is available from Pilgrim Publications, PO Box 66, Pasadena, TX 77501. 1-3), pleas for salvation (vv. 26-28. 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? He shall cry unto me, thou art my father. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! higher than the kings of the earth. And in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. ...Truth goes before the face of God, because God keeps it ever before his eyes, to mould his actions thereby. Not human power nor human skill. Thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm. 2. If we give God our ear and hear the joyful sound, he will shew us his face and make us glad. Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord? 15. This power is to be given him of the Lord, and is to be abiding; so we understand the words "I will set." 43. Thou hast covered him with shame. Psalms 89:47-48. Here we have the name which displays his self existence, the title which denotes his dominion over all his creatures, and an adjective which sets forth the power with which he exercises his sovereignty. 1 Timothy 6:6-8. Then will I visit their transgressions with the rod. They are in 2 Samuel 7:12-17. Thirdly. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. —John Calvin. Shall it always be so? This crowns the covenant with exceeding glory. If we cannot understand him, we will not distrust him. "Christ shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand", Isaiah 53:10. So far, the gracious man declares the resolution of his heart to praise his God for ever, and gives the reason for that resolve. God here pledges the crown of his kingdom, the excellent beauty of his person, the essence of his nature. Ver. He who protects should govern, our defender should be acknowledged as our king. And if the great sea be in the hand of God as a little child, what is great to God! 2. The text is one of the Psalmist's winter drops; a black line from that pen, which erstwhile was so filled with joy, and wrote nothing but rubrics. Used by Permission. Ver. He was the first to say this: David did not say it. We have the ground of the believer's preferment and exaltation; it is in thy righteousness. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father. For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? David's line in the person of Jesus is an endless one, and the race of Jesus, as represented in successive generations of believers, shows no sign of failure. Two thoughts crush us—Man was made to mourn, and man was made in vain. 1. He was no longer sheltered from the slanderous assaults of contemptuous tongues; the awe which should guard the royal name had ceased to separate him from his fellows. ... A Commentary on the Psalms, Volume 2 (42-89): Kregel Exegetical Library. Satan could not exact any debt or homage for him. Hast thou not promised to appear for thor servant—wilt thou then for ever forsake him? They shall walk in the light of thy countenance. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Ver. Ver. In all these respects the words are applicable both to Christ and to his people. But summer ceaseth, and winter commences, at Psalms 89:38 : But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth, with thine anointed. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. This covenant promise ought to be urged in prayer before the Lord, for the great lack of the church at this time is power. The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting, so the saints’ praise for the never-ending mercy must itself be without end. —Matthew Henry. Charles Haddon Spurgeon. for ever? For God himself who hath said, Ye are gods, hath also added, Ye shall die like men. —the greater number of the world by far—who wander Christless, loveless, hopeless, over the broad highway of it; when I consider life in many of the awakened as a restless dream, as children beating the curtain and crying in the night; when I consider how many questions recur for ever to us; and will not be silenced, and cannot be answered; when I consider the vanity of the philosopher's inquisitiveness, and the end of Royalty in the tomb; when I look round on the region of my own joys, and know how short their lease is, and that their very ineffableness is a blight upon them; when I consider how little the best can do, and that none can do anything well; and, finally, when I consider the immeasurable immensity of thought within, unfulfilled, and the goading restlessness, I can almost exclaim with our unhappy poet Byron —. Ver. Judegment, which restrains rebels, and keeps off injuries. 47. The text cuts up this surmise by the roots. But thou hast cast off, etc. It would not be meet to hurry on. 38. Those who object to the doctrine of final perseverance say this: "It is true he will preserve the believer from the toils of the Devil and the temptations of the world, but not from the breaking forth of his own natural evil." Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. We have now reached the majestic Covenant Psalm, which, according to the Jewish arrangement closes the third book of the Psalms. Where is the covenant? I appeal to guilty consciences, to apostates, to professors who have secret haunts of wickedness: sometime when you come but into the presence of one who is a truly gracious godly man or woman whom your conscience tells you walks close with God, doth not even the very sight of such an one terrify you? Our grief at the griefs of the Lord's people may be pleaded in prayer, and it will be acceptable argument. Ver. Ver. 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