“Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness. You are their glorious strength. It pleases you to make us strong. Yes, our protection comes from the Lord, and he, the Holy One of Israel, has given us our king. Long ago you spoke in a vision to your faithful people. You said, “I have raised up a warrior. I have selected him from the common people to be king. I have found my servant David. I have anointed him with my holy oil. I will steady him with my hand; with my powerful arm I will make him strong. His enemies will not defeat him, nor will the wicked overpower him. I will beat down his adversaries before him and destroy those who hate him. My faithfulness and unfailing love will be with him, and by my authority he will grow in power. I will extend his rule over the sea, his dominion over the rivers. And he will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’ I will make him my firstborn son, the mightiest king on earth. I will love him and be kind to him forever; my covenant with him will never end. I will preserve an heir for him; his throne will be as endless as the days of heaven.” Psalms 89:15-29 NLT
This section of the Psalm begins with the declaration that God's blessing is upon those who worship God. He will be their joy, their strength, and they will glory in the character of God, their Father. He will make them strong and bless them with a good king (president, etc). The king was the highest rule in the land. The nation depended upon a godly king. The rest of today's text describes the blessing that God placed upon king David and his descendants. God promised to honor him, make him strong, beat down his enemies, destroy his haters, and extend his rule. God promised that His faithfulness and unfailing love would be with him and His authority would be upon him. David would know a personal relationship with God and he would call Him Father, God, and the Rock of his salvation. His lineage would have the blessing of God upon it and God would prove His absolute faithfulness to the covenant He made with David (see 2 Samuel 7).
Jesus is the "Son of David". This means that he is the Royal descendant that will rule forever. His kingdom will never end. Jesus, humanly speaking, was from the genealogy of David. “All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.” Luke 2:3-7 NLT
This fulfilled the prophet of Micah 5:2 “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf.” Micah 5:2 NLT One very important fact: Jesus wasn't conceived by an earthly father. His Father was God! This distinction is vital and essential to Christian doctrine. Only God could be sinless and only a sinless blood could atone for our sins. Jesus blood was sinless because He had the blood line of His Father. The beauty in the lineage is that God had planned, long ago, to manifest the Savior through David's genealogical line. He did just that!!
Rev. Curtis Norris