“I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness. Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens. The Lord said, “I have made a covenant with David, my chosen servant. I have sworn this oath to him: ‘I will establish your descendants as kings forever; they will sit on your throne from now until eternity.’” (Interlude). All heaven will praise your great wonders, Lord; myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness. For who in all of heaven can compare with the Lord? What mightiest angel is anything like the Lord? The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God. He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne. O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord? You are entirely faithful. You rule the oceans. You subdue their storm-tossed waves. You crushed the great sea monster. You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours—you created it all. You created north and south. Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon praise your name. Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand! Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants.”
Psalms 89:1-14 NLT
Verse 1 of this Psalm uses the words "unfailing love". The KJV uses "mercies". The NASB uses "lovingkindness". The AMP uses "goodness and lovingkindness". We need to understand that the thrust of the psalmists intent was to declare the loving goodness of God! The psalmist is magnifying God for His merciful acts to us. God's faithfulness is the same to all generations!! He never changes. His character is unchanging and we can depend upon Him for all time! God had made a covenant with David the king. This covenant is called the "Davidic Covenant" (see 2 Samuel 7). In it, God established His blessing upon David and his descendants. The throne of Israel would always have God's unfailing attendance. Prophetically, the Davidic Covenant forecasted the coming of the King Himself - Jesus the Messiah! He would be the King who will reign upon the throne of Israel forever. Israel, to this day, has the Star of David upon its flag. One day soon, Jesus will literally sit upon the Throne and rule and reign in the city of New Jerusalem (see Revelation 21 and 22). The whole book of Revelation is about the Sovereignty of Jesus Christ! Revelation reveals His Divinity and Sovereignty! All of creation shouts the name of JESUS! The angelic hosts worship Him! He is Greater than the angels. Some have misunderstood the place of angles. Angels are not equal with Jesus and we don't become one when we die. As children of God, we have angelic assistance (see Psalm 34:7 and Hebrews 1:14). Angels are servants of God that do His bidding and are sent as ministering servant spirits to those who are heirs of salvation. The oceans proclaim His greatness. Their vastness and their majestic waves are testaments to His glory and goodness. The "sea monster" mentioned in this psalm comes from the Hebrew word "Rahab" which means "mythical sea monster". Apparently, then, as today, there are those who believe in mythical creatures who have been ascribed certain powers. The idea that the psalmist is making is that God is greater than any power we can even imagine. The majestic mountains stand as testaments to His mighty power. He is the epitome of strong. His arm is strong. His hand is strong. His "right hand is lifted high" says the text. This is interesting!
In Genesis 48 Jacob placed his right hand upon Ephraim instead of Manasseh. The right hand was the hand of blessing. Jesus is described in the Bible as being at the right hand of God. Jesus is the "right hand of God"!!! He is the blessing of God upon all who bow beneath His loving Lordship! He is the strong right hand of Almighty God!!! “The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.”” Psalms 110:1 NLT Jesus addressed this in the New Testament. “Jesus responded, “Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit, call the Messiah ‘my Lord’? For David said, ‘The LORD said to my Lord, Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.’ Since David called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?” No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.” Matthew 22:43-46 NLT “Jesus said, “ I AM. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven. ”” Mark 14:62 NLT (see also Mark 16:19; Luke 20:42; 22:69; Acts 2:33-34; 5:31; 7:55-56; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:3 & 13; and 10:12). In Revelation 1:16, 17, 20; 2:1; 5:1, and 7 Jesus is referenced as the one who holds the seven stars in His right hand and the scroll, as well as He who sits on the throne. The name "Jesus" means "Yahweh is salvation" Jesus has a name above every name (see Philippians 2:5-11). There is no other name that can save (see John 14:6 and Acts 4:12). “Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me.” Psalms 138:7 NLT Jesus Saves!!! Righteousness and Justice are the foundation of His throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before Him as His attendants!!
Rev. Curtis Norris