New International Reader's Version

Psalm 89

Psalm 89

A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.

Lord, I will sing about your great love forever.
    For all time to come, I will tell how faithful you are.
I will tell everyone that your love stands firm forever.
    I will tell them that you are always faithful, even in heaven itself.

You said, “Here is the covenant I have made with my chosen one.
    Here is the promise I have made to my servant David.
‘I will make your family line continue forever.
    I will make your kingdom secure for all time to come.’ ”

Lord, the heavens praise you for your wonderful deeds.
    When your holy angels gather together,
    they praise you for how faithful you are.
Who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
    Who among the angels is like the Lord?
God is highly respected among his holy angels.
    He’s more wonderful than all those who are around him.
Lord God who rules over all, who is like you?
    Lord, you are mighty. You are faithful in everything you do.

You rule over the stormy sea.
    When its waves rise up, you calm them down.
10 You crushed Egypt and killed her people.
    With your powerful arm you scattered your enemies.
11 The heavens belong to you. The earth is yours also.
    You made the world and everything that is in it.
12 You created everything from north to south.
    Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon sing to you with joy.
13 Your arm is powerful.
    Your hand is strong.
    Your right hand is mighty.

14 Your kingdom is built on what is right and fair.
    Your faithful love leads the way in front of you.
15 Blessed are those who have learned to shout praise to you.
    Lord, they live in the light of your kindness.
16 All day long they are full of joy because of who you are.
    They celebrate the fact that you do what is right.
17 You bring them glory and give them strength.
    You are pleased to honor our king.
18 Our king is like a shield that keeps us safe.
    He belongs to the Lord.
    He belongs to the Holy One of Israel.

19 You once spoke to your faithful people in a vision.
    You said, “I have given strength to a soldier.
    I have raised up a young man from among the people.
20 I have found my servant David.
    I have poured my sacred oil on his head.
21 My powerful hand will keep him going.
    My mighty arm will give him strength.
22 No enemy will have the victory over him.
    No evil person will treat him badly.
23 I will crush the king’s enemies.
    I will completely destroy them.
24 I will love him and be faithful to him.
    Because of me his power will increase.
25 I will give him a great kingdom.
    It will reach from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River.
26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father.
    You are my God. You are my Rock and Savior.’
27 I will also make him my oldest son.
    Among all the kings of the earth, he will be the most important one.
28 I will continue to love him forever.
    I will never break my covenant with him.
29 I will make his family line continue forever.
    His kingdom will last as long as the heavens.

30 “What if his sons turn away from my laws
    and do not follow them?
31 What if they disobey my orders
    and fail to keep my commands?
32 Then I will punish them for their sins.
    I will strike them with a rod.
    I will whip them for their evil acts.
33 But I will not stop loving David.
    I will always be faithful to him.
34 I will not break my covenant.
    I will not go back on my word.
35 Once and for all, I have made a promise.
    It is based on my holiness.
    And I will not lie to David.
36 His family line will continue forever.
    His kingdom will last as long as the sun.
37 It will last forever like the moon,
    that faithful witness in the sky.”

38 But you have turned your back on your anointed king.
    You have been very angry with him.
39 You have broken the covenant you made with him.
    You have thrown your servant’s crown into the dirt.
40 You have broken through the walls around his city.
    You have completely destroyed his secure places.
41 All those who pass by have carried off what belonged to him.
    His neighbors make fun of him.
42 You have made his enemies strong.
    You have made all of them happy.
43 You have made his sword useless.
    You have not helped him in battle.
44 You have put an end to his glory.
    You have knocked his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short the days of his life.
    You have covered him with shame.

46 Lord, how long will you hide yourself? Will it be forever?
    How long will your anger burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my life is.
    You have created all people for such a useless purpose!
48 Who can live and not die?
    Who can escape the power of the grave?
49 Lord, where is the great love you used to have?
    You faithfully promised it to David.
50 Lord, remember how my enemies have made fun of me.
    I’ve had to put up with mean words from all the nations.
51 Lord, your enemies have said mean things.
    They have laughed at everything your anointed king has done.

52 Give praise to the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen.

The Message

Psalm 89

An Ethan Prayer

11-4 Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it!
    I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are.
I’ll never quit telling the story of your love—
    how you built the cosmos
    and guaranteed everything in it.
Your love has always been our lives’ foundation,
    your fidelity has been the roof over our world.
You once said, “I joined forces with my chosen leader,
    I pledged my word to my servant, David, saying,
‘Everyone descending from you is guaranteed life;
    I’ll make your rule as solid and lasting as rock.’”

5-18 God! Let the cosmos praise your wonderful ways,
    the choir of holy angels sing anthems to your faithful ways!
Search high and low, scan skies and land,
    you’ll find nothing and no one quite like God.
The holy angels are in awe before him;
    he looms immense and august over everyone around him.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies, who is like you,
    powerful and faithful from every angle?
You put the arrogant ocean in its place
    and calm its waves when they turn unruly.
You gave that old hag Egypt the back of your hand,
    you brushed off your enemies with a flick of your wrist.
You own the cosmos—you made everything in it,
    everything from atom to archangel.
You positioned the North and South Poles;
    the mountains Tabor and Hermon sing duets to you.
With your well-muscled arm and your grip of steel—
    nobody trifles with you!
The Right and Justice are the roots of your rule;
    Love and Truth are its fruits.
Blessed are the people who know the passwords of praise,
    who shout on parade in the bright presence of God.
Delighted, they dance all day long; they know
    who you are, what you do—they can’t keep it quiet!
Your vibrant beauty has gotten inside us—
    you’ve been so good to us! We’re walking on air!
All we are and have we owe to God,
    Holy God of Israel, our King!

19-37 A long time ago you spoke in a vision,
    you spoke to your faithful beloved:
“I’ve crowned a hero,
    I chose the best I could find;
I found David, my servant,
    poured holy oil on his head,
And I’ll keep my hand steadily on him,
    yes, I’ll stick with him through thick and thin.
No enemy will get the best of him,
    no scoundrel will do him in.
I’ll weed out all who oppose him,
    I’ll clean out all who hate him.
I’m with him for good and I’ll love him forever;
    I’ve set him on high—he’s riding high!
I’ve put Ocean in his one hand, River in the other;
    he’ll call out, ‘Oh, my Father—my God, my Rock of Salvation!’
Yes, I’m setting him apart as the First of the royal line,
    High King over all of earth’s kings.
I’ll preserve him eternally in my love,
    I’ll faithfully do all I so solemnly promised.
I’ll guarantee his family tree
    and underwrite his rule.
If his children refuse to do what I tell them,
    if they refuse to walk in the way I show them,
If they spit on the directions I give them
    and tear up the rules I post for them—
I’ll rub their faces in the dirt of their rebellion
    and make them face the music.
But I’ll never throw them out,
    never abandon or disown them.
Do you think I’d withdraw my holy promise?
    or take back words I’d already spoken?
I’ve given my word, my whole and holy word;
    do you think I would lie to David?
His family tree is here for good,
    his sovereignty as sure as the sun,
Dependable as the phases of the moon,
    inescapable as weather.”

38-51 But God, you did walk off and leave us,
    you lost your temper with the one you anointed.
You tore up the promise you made to your servant,
    you stomped his crown in the mud.
You blasted his home to kingdom come,
    reduced his city to a pile of rubble
Picked clean by wayfaring strangers,
    a joke to all the neighbors.
You declared a holiday for all his enemies,
    and they’re celebrating for all they’re worth.
Angry, you opposed him in battle,
    refused to fight on his side;
You robbed him of his splendor, humiliated this warrior,
    ground his kingly honor in the dirt.
You took the best years of his life
    and left him an impotent, ruined husk.
How long do we put up with this, God?
    Are you gone for good? Will you hold this grudge forever?
Remember my sorrow and how short life is.
    Did you create men and women for nothing but this?
We’ll see death soon enough. Everyone does.
    And there’s no back door out of hell.
So where is the love you’re so famous for, Lord?
    What happened to your promise to David?
Take a good look at your servant, dear Lord;
    I’m the butt of the jokes of all nations,
The taunting jokes of your enemies, God,
    as they dog the steps of your dear anointed.

52 Blessed be God forever and always!
Yes. Oh, yes.