Minute Meditations of Hope and Encouragement #44

This passage from Psalm 89 is talking about the promise of the Davidic Covenant (promise or agreement), which was just a reiteration of the various covenants that went before it, all the way back to Eden. Steadfast love is the Hebrew word ‘chesed’ notice verses 33 and 34. You are safe in the promise of God no matter where life has led you.

28 My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever,
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29 I will establish his line for ever
and his throne as the days of the heavens.
30 If his children forsake my law
and do not walk according to my ordinances,
31 if they violate my statutes
and do not keep my commandments,
32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod
and their iniquity with scourges;
33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love,
or be false to my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant,
or alter the word that went forth from my lips.

Notice the word ‘selah’ at the end of verse 37. That is a musical term that means pause and think about what you are singing. All three of the pillars are in these verses, but the most staggering thing is Yahweh’s affirmation to stand by his word no matter where the nation of Israel goes or how far they wander into disobedience. Verse 34 is amazing! God changes not (Mal 3:6) – He is the same yesterday today and forever.(Heb 13:8) Of course verse 36 is referring to the ultimate seed of David. We also know what happened to the seed of Abraham in the New Testament. These words and the ones I am going to follow with, all belong to us. Our hope rests on the promise of God and that is the heart of Psalm 89.

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