Before we start I want to point out that this was probably written by King David, or by someone very close to him. So if it seems to laud King David, that may be why. I am not saying this is not a true and authentic representation of David; but if it seems to favor King David that may be why. As the passage proceeds, you will see why it is important to know that it is pro-David.
“I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him; my hand shall always remain with him; my arm also shall strengthen him. The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him. I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him. My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him; and in my name his horn shall be exalted. I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers. He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’ I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. Forever I will keep my steadfast love for him, and my covenant with him will stand firm. I will establish his line forever, and his throne as long as the heavens endure.” (Psalm 89:20 – 29)
The psalmist is outlining David’s tenure as king; I have said (ad nauseam) that King David made mistakes. But we all make mistakes, and quite honestly there should be no rank of mild to severe mistakes/sin. We function and judge ourselves and others that way, but at the end of our lives and/or at the end of all days – sin will be sin. David did feel God’s blessing, and for that David should be proud and take satisfaction in striving as much as a human can to follow God. Actually it is this next section that makes me take notice.
“If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my ordinances, if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with scourges; . . .” (Verses 30 – 33a)
And that is exactly what happened. One of David’s sons, Absalom by name, ran afoul of David’s God and was punished. Some of David’s great grandchildren and great great also did not walk according to the Lord’s ordinances. And we know the results were that the king of David, Judah and Israel, fell to the surrounding nations. And the glory of David’s throne was tarnished. Did David/the psalmist know this would happen? Is that what prompted these next verses?
“. . but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, or be false to my faithfulness. I will not violate my covenant, or alter the word that went forth from my lips. Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David. His line shall continue forever, and his throne endure before me like the sun. It shall be established forever like the moon, an enduring witness in the skies.” Selah” (Verses 33b – 37)
From David’s line (at least in human biological records well and accorded as Joseph’s son who was in the line of David. ) Jesus was born. (You know, it becomes clear to me now why the census and the birth of Jesus were so close together – so that the unborn child would be and was accorded to the line of David. Just a small “aha” moment.) And from Jesus the line did and does continue forever. So yes, what the psalmist wrote was true – but maybe not in the way the psalmist thought it would be.
But, that is not even my whole point. We are . . . . spiritual heirs of David. To us falls the task of walking according to the Lord’s ordinances. And if we fall to do so, the Lord says “ I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with scourges . . .” And if we, as David did despite his flaws and missteps, live and strive to follow the Lord as closely as we can, the Lord says “but I will not remove from him [or her] my steadfast love, or be false to my faithfulness. I will not violate my covenant, or alter the word that went forth from my lips. Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness. . .” Selah!
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