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(A special psalm by Ethan the Ezrahite.)

The Lord's Agreement with David

(A) Our Lord, I will sing
    of your love forever.
Everyone yet to be born
will hear me praise
    your faithfulness.
I will tell them, “God's love
    can always be trusted,
and his faithfulness lasts
    as long as the heavens.”

You said, “David, my servant,
    is my chosen one,
and this is the agreement
    I made with him:
(B) David, one of your descendants
    will always be king.”

Our Lord, let the heavens
    now praise your miracles,
and let all your angels
    praise your faithfulness.

None who live in the heavens
    can compare with you.
You are the most fearsome
    of all who live in heaven;
all the others fear
    and greatly honor you.
You are Lord God All-Powerful!
No one is as loving
    and faithful as you are.
You rule the roaring sea
    and calm its waves.
10 You crushed the monster Rahab,[a]
and with your powerful arm
    you scattered your enemies.
11 The heavens and the earth
    belong to you.
And so does the world
    with all its people
because you created them
12     and everything else.[b]

Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon
    gladly praise you.
13 You are strong and mighty!
14 Your kingdom is ruled
    by justice and fairness
with love and faithfulness
    leading the way.

15 Our Lord, you bless those
    who join in the festival
and walk in the brightness
    of your presence.
16 We are happy all day
    because of you,
and your saving power
    brings honor to us.
17 Your own glorious power
    makes us strong,
and because of your kindness,
    our strength increases.
18 Our Lord and our King,
the Holy One of Israel,
    you are truly our shield.

19 In a vision, you once said
    to your faithful followers:
“I have helped a mighty hero.
I chose him from my people
    and made him famous.
20 (C) David, my servant, is the one
    I chose to be king,
21 and I will always be there
    to help and strengthen him.

22 “No enemy will outsmart David,
and he won't be defeated
    by any hateful people.
23 I will strike down and crush
    his troublesome enemies.
24 He will always be able
    to depend on my love,
and I will make him strong
    with my own power.
25 I will let him rule the lands
    across the rivers and seas.
26 He will say to me,
‘You are my Father
    and my God,
as well as the mighty rock[c]
    where I am safe.’

27 (D) “I have chosen David
    as my first-born son,
and he will be the ruler
    of all kings on earth.
28 My love for him will last,
and my agreement with him
    will never be broken.

29 “One of David's descendants
    will always be king,
and his family will rule
    until the sky disappears.

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  1. 89.10 Rahab: Many people in the ancient world thought that the world was controlled by this sea monster that the Lord destroyed at the time of creation (see Isaiah 51.9).
  2. 89.12 and everything else: The Hebrew text has “Zaphon and Yamin,” which may either be the names of mountains or refer to the directions “north and south,” with the meaning “everything from north to south.”
  3. 89.26 mighty rock: See the note at 18.2.

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