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(A special psalm by Ethan the Ezrahite.)

The Lord’s Agreement with David

89 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:
David, one of your descendants
    will always be king.”

Our Lord, let the heavens
    now praise your miracles,
    and let all of 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 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 “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.
30 Suppose some of his children
should reject my Law
    and refuse my instructions.
31 Or suppose they should disobey
    all of my teachings.
32 Then I will correct
and punish them
    because of their sins.
33 But I will always love David
    and faithfully keep all
    of my promises to him.

34 “I won’t break my agreement
    or go back on my word.
35 I have sworn once and for all
by my own holy name,
    and I won’t lie to David.
36 His family will always rule.
    I will let his kingdom last
    as long as the sun 37 and moon
    appear in the sky.”

38 You are now angry, God,
    and you have turned your back
    on your chosen king.
39 You broke off your agreement
    with your servant, the king,
    and you completely destroyed
    his kingdom.
40 The walls of his city
    have been broken through,
    and every fortress
    now lies in ruin.
41 All who pass by
    take what they want,
    and nations everywhere
    joke about the king.

42 You made his enemies powerful
    and let them celebrate.
43 But you forced him to retreat
    because you did not fight
    on his side.
44 You took his crown[d]
and threw his throne
    in the dirt.
45     You made an old man of him
    and put him to shame.

46 How much longer, Lord?
    Will you hide forever?
How long will your anger
    keep burning like fire?
47     Remember, life is short![e]
Why did you empty our lives
    of all meaning?
48     No one can escape the power
    of death and the grave.

49 Our Lord, where is the love
    you have always shown
    and that you promised
    so faithfully to David?
50 Remember your servant, Lord!
    People make jokes about me,
    and I suffer many insults.
51 I am your chosen one,
    but your enemies chase
    and make fun of me.

52 Our Lord, we praise you
    forever. Amen and amen.

Footnotes

  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.
  4. 89.44 You took. . . crown: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  5. 89.47 Remember. . . short: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.