Psalms 88 – 89

Psalm 88

A prayer of repentance

Psalm 88:1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: 88:2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

88:3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave. 88:4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit [grave]: I am as a man that hath no strength [we cannot save ourselves]: 88:5 Free [in death we are free from the afflictions of life, having neither sorrows nor hope] among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.

God corrects the pride of the sinner out of love, to bring him to sincere repentance in order to save him.

88:6 Thou hast laid [the proud must be humbled before God] me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps [to the depths of contrition].

88:7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves [repeated corrections]. Selah.

88:8 Thou hast put away mine acquaintance [friends and associates] far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up [isolated], and I cannot come forth.

Let us call on God in sincere repentance before we are totally destroyed.

88:9 Mine eye mourneth [pours out tears] by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.

The dead are inanimate and know nothing; therefore save us while we still live and cry out to Thee.

Ecclesiastes 9:5  For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing

Psalm 88:10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah. 88:11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction? 88:12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

88:13 But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent [hasten to God; Lexicon H6923] thee.

We must ASK God to reveal and teach us why he corrects us.

88:14 LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?

88:15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted. 88:16 Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off. 88:17 They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.

88:18 Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.


Psalm 89

A song in praise of the wondrous mercy of God

This Psalm is a lesson for us that the spiritually called out have the promise of eternal life and an eternal kingdom; if we persevere and faint not in all our distresses, which distresses are allowed for our own good to make of us the people that God wants us to be.

Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.

89:2 For I have said [God promises], Mercy shall be built up [mercy for the faithful who repent of their mistakes will continue and increase] for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.

YHVH’s covenant with David is that David would be in the resurrection of the faithful and would be king over a united Israel forever; just as the spiritually called out will also inherit eternal life and an eternal kingdom if we persevere and learn from God’s corrections.

89:3 I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,  89:4 Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.

The LORD [the YHVH family is greater than anything else in the earth or in heaven.

89:5 And the heavens [the holy angels and all that is in heaven]  shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. 89:6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?

Those who respect God enough to live by every Word of God shall be covered by God’s mercy and saved by his strength.

89:7 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.  89:8 O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?  89:9 Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.

89:10 Thou hast broken Rahab [a term meaning prideful boaster; used for the Egypt of the exodus as a type of sin; Strong’s 7294] in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm.

The YHVH family created all things on earth and in the heavens; they belong to God!

89:11 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them. 89:12 The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.

89:13 Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.  89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

Every Word of God is wise and just and all those who live by every Word of God will ultimately be greatly blessed.

In this world Satan hates the Word of God and burdens and persecutes all those zealous to live by every Word of God, but in the end Satan will be destroyed and the persevering godly will be greatly blessed. 

It is not God’s Word that is difficult, it is Satan’s attacks that make it seem difficult!

89:15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound [of deliverance and the teaching of the Word of God]: they shall walk [live], O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.

A poetic way of saying that the righteous will live in the presence of God and that they will live by the light of every Word of God.

89:16 In thy name shall they [the godly] rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness [which is every Word of God] shall they be exalted.  89:17 For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. 89:18 For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.

Now David reminds God of God’s promises to David; and the spiritually called out have similar promises.

89:19 Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, [prophet Samuel]  and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty [to serve God]; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.  89:20 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:  89:21 With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.

God promises David and similarly every person who is faithful to live by every Word of God: a place in the coming resurrection to eternal life.

89:22 The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him.  89:23 And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.

David shall have mercy and he will be resurrected to eternal life as king over a united and repentant Israel forever; just as other faithful called out persons who overcome and remain faithful, will also be resurrected to eternal life and receive a good reward.

89:24 But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him [and with all those who are similarly repentant and faithful to live by every Word of God]: and in my name shall his horn be exalted. 

David’s future kingdom will stretch from the Mediterranean Sea to the rivers [the river of Egypt in Sinai El Arish, to the Euphrates in the north].

89:25 I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.

David will be utterly faithful to God forever and he will rule a united repentant Israel forever; and the other resurrected faithful will also live forever and have a good reward.

89:26 He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.  89:27 Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.  89:28 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. 89:29 His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.

Because David made his mistakes but was quick to repent with a whole heart, God will not withhold correction but will correct and save David and his descendants.  Likewise God will not withhold correction from his spiritually called out so that we may also be corrected to sincere repentance and saved.

89:30 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; 89:31 If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; 89:32 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.

89:33 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.  89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. 89:35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.

David’s throne will last forever; this is referring to the resurrection of David and his eternal kingship over a united Israel.

89:36 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.  89:37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

After remembering God’s promises, David begins to rehearse his present distress.  David’s distress is analogous of the distress that every godly person faces in their battle against Satan and sin in this life.

89:38 But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed. 89:39 Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground. 89:40 Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin. 89:41 All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours. 89:42 Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.

89:43 Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle. 89:44 Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground. 89:45 The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.

David asks God for deliverance

89:46 How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?  89:47 Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?  89:48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.  89:49 Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?

David asks God to remember and to deliver him.

This is a lesson for us that the spiritually called out also have the promise of eternal life and an eternal kingdom; if we persevere and faint not in all our distresses, which distresses are allowed for our own good to make of us the people that God wants us to become.

89:50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people; 89:51 Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.

89:52 Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.


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