Commentary, Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18, Scott Shauf, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2011. —David Pitcairn, in "The Anointed Saviour", 1846. The text cuts up this surmise by the roots. In the psalm… For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. And a glorious nevertheless too! Ver. And in particular he’s meditating on man’s place in relation to nature. Ver. 50. —with David and in him with David's Lord, and Son. I am exceeding much bound unto God for creating me when I was not; and for preserving me under his wings ever since I was: yet I am more bound to his mercy for redeeming me, for blessing me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly things in Christ his Son (Eph 1:1-23 3:1-21), for his electing of me, for his calling of me, for his justifying of me, for his sanctifying of me. He esteems those things as nothing worth, which the Lord esteems so well, that he has given them to his church as a sacred deposit, which she is to convey down to the last posterity till time shall be no more. For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord. —Capel Molyneux. That God comes to no one unless His grace go before Him. But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted. Thy wonders, etc. 2. Exposition of Psalm 119:81-88. by Charles Spurgeon. The case supposed is that the seed of Christ forsakes the law and breaks his statutes. O Lord, I will always sing thy mercies in promising, and ever shew thy truth in performing thy promise made to David, thy chosen servant, concerning thy Son, my Saviour, saying, "Thy seed will I establish for ever." To the Chief Musician. The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fullness thereof, thou hast founded them. Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand. Ours, though thine. That is exactly what God says; he comes and contemplates such a case, and he says, "If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments, then" —what? If God were unjust, or if he regarded us as being without righteousness, we must be filled with misery, but as neither of these things are so, we are exalted indeed, and would extol the name of the Lord. 51. 10. Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the, earth. 37. Ver. "Upon this rock", says he, "I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Ver. Rahab. Psalms 89:33. What use, beloved reader, are you making of your tongue? The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine. 52. Note: C.H. God made special promises to David. 38. Ver. This is the covenant made with David, (as he was a type of Christ, with whom the same covenant is made sure and firm,)that if his seed forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments, —What! These songs are apparently addressed to the nations at large—for example, here in Psalm 100 'all the earth' is called to join in God’s praise. 24. First the psalmist says that he will praise God for ever, then God tells him of his covenant, and explains to him the reason why mercy shall be built up for ever, and then the man of God begins to praise God again. Epaminoudas the Theban general, cultivated truth so studiously, that he is reported never to have spoken a falsehood even in jest. Among the choicest gifts that God ever gives to men are men; and therefore we read, concerning Christ, “When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men;” and those gifts were men, for “he gave some, apostles, and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” These were the choice ascension gifts of Christ. "They shall walk", etc. In a far fuller sense the Lord Jesus is essentially and immeasurably mighty, and on him the salvation of his people rests by divine appointment, while his success is secured by divine strength being engaged to be with him. Christ is very frequently called by that name, as being most dearly beloved of God, and most highly esteemed and valued by God, and as being typified by him both as king and prophet of his church: Psalms 89:20, With my holy oil have I anointed him; suitable to that of Christ; Lu 4:18, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor"; and therefore we need not doubt of the excellency, authority, certainty, and sufficiency of the gospel: Psalms 89:27, I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. Psalms 89:14. Wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? But thou hast cast off and abhorred. 14. And God, if at any time he seems to cut thee off, yet it is but as the incestuous Corinthian was cut off, `that the flesh might be destroyed, and the spirit saved.' Ethan wrote Psalm 89 many years after this. 5 Thy wonders, etc. This phrase is obscure in diction, and therefore variously interpreted. Ver. Our kings have not reigned half their days, nor lived out half their lives. For God himself who hath said, Ye are gods, hath also added, Ye shall die like men. I will set his hand also in the sea and his right hard in the rivers. And Charles the Fifth, at the Battle of Tunis, being advised to retire when the great ordnance began to play, told them that it was never known that an emperor was slain with great shot, and so rushed into the battle. It is a blessed God of whom the Psalmist has been singing, and therefore they are a blessed people who partake of his bounty, and know how to exult in his favour. Ecclesiastical stories tell us of Basil, when the officers came to apprehend him, he being then exercised in holy duties, that there was such a majesty and lustre came from his countenance, that the officers fell down backward (as they did who came to apprehend Christ), they were not able to lay hold of him. Ver. "Count all the joys thine hours have seen. Ver. However the power and faithfulness of God may be seen and heard in the work and speech of the heavens by all men, yet are they not observed and hearkened unto except in the Church by God's children: therefore saith he, They shall praise thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. But then, the Christian's greatness—I will not say, begins; for it began the moment he prayed—but then it continues, increases, and is perfected. "I have chosen", etc. The word ytrma, "I have said", is used, in the Book of Psalms, to express two things; either a fixed purpose, or a settled opinion of the person speaking. Or to thy faithfulness round about thee. No creature can eventually be unjustly dealt with under his dominion, and his kingdom ruleth over all. 3. Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces as one that is slain; —. 6. —We have a comparison between God and the most excellent in heaven and earth—challenge both worlds. Why is there so unaccountable a phenomenon? David must always have a seed, and truly in Jesus this is fulfilled beyond his hopes. The dispensations of providence looked as if there had been a disannulling of the sacred compact, though indeed it was not so. Here he quotes the very words of God, which were revealed to him by the Holy Spirit, and are a condensation of the original covenant in 2 Samuel 7:1-29. He blesseth him as well for winter as for summer, for troubles as for mercies. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. 3. Whoever else may defend us, he is our ultimate Defender and Shield. Ver. Thou hast profaned his crown, etc. By the hand of Samuel, David was anointed to be king long before he ascended the throne. 5. When inveterate sensuality has succeeded in quenching in a man's heart the hope of a life beyond the grave, the dreary void which succeeds utters itself, not in solemn complaints like Ethan's, but in songs of forced mirth—dismal Anacreontic songs: "Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die.". The oil with which he is anointed is God's own oil, and holy oil; he is divinely endowed with the Spirit of holiness. Thou hast made his glory to cease. He lashes in love, in measure, in pity, and compassion. There is such life in it that it seems to quicken all inanimate creation, and make the rocks and mountains to sing, and the trees of the wood to clap their hands, and the waves of the sea to praise the great Creator. Psalm 89:5. I am inclined to go further, and to point to this very complaint as affording a presumption that there was in their hearts an irrepressible sentiment of immortality. Ver. 52. Psalm 10. This crowns the covenant with exceeding glory. The rainbow is not expressly mentioned in the original, which speaks only of "the faithful witness in heaven." Will a father stand by and see his children insulted? How long, Lord? 45. —The excellence of the first days of Christianity, and in what respect their glory has departed from us. There are several men named Ethan in the Hebrew Scriptures, but this man is mentioned specifically in 1 Kings 4:31 as someone who was famous for his wisdom – yet surpassed by Solomon’s greater wisdom. Selah. Wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? It is an evil thing among men for one to be a "covenant breaker", and such an opprobrious epithet shall never be applicable to the Most High. I will set his hand also in the sea and his right hand in the rivers. 45. First, I will ever sing of thy mercifulness, and then will ever be shewing thy faithfulness. In his active going forth, tender mercy and goodness announce him, and faithful truth will tell his people he is there when he comes forth. 6. Who among the sons of the mighty. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto. Few are there who will acknowledge the crown rights of King Jesus, the very subject is considered to be out of date. Because all God's lovingkindness to his people is centred in Christ. He can bind it and lay it to sleep, even as a little child. 2. The allusion appears to us to be made to a cruel and unjust creditor, who exacts not only his just debts, but some exaggerated demand, with usurious interest, which was not permitted. So, David could be calling on beings in heaven to praise the Lord for his power over storms. And he replies that it will be like the memory of past sickness in time of health, without stain, without grief, and serving only to heighten the felicity of the redeemed, by the contrast with the past, and to increase their love and gratitude towards God. 20. In the Escurial the palace of the Kings of Spain, is their cemetery too; there their royal ashes lie. The north and the south thou hath created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name. God condescends to employ his gracious ministers to be the means of communication between himself and his favoured ones, —even to King David the covenant was revealed by Nathan the prophet; thus the Lord puts honour upon his ministers. The rod may seem to be in anger, nevertheless, etc. Then will I visit their transgression with the rod. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever." I TRODUCTIO SPURGEO , "TITLE. —William Binnie. If thine anger burn on it will outlast this mortal life, and then there will be no time for thy mercy to restore me. This has happened even to naturally brave men—a terrible dread has unmanned them. If there were no other proof in the whole Psalm, that one clause would be a demonstration to me that no other man than the Lord Jesus Christ can be here spoken of. Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne. Or from the Old Testament to the New: for the blessed Apostles in their sermons usually cite sentences out of the Psalms. He who is holy cannot break his promises, or act unjustly concerning his oath and covenant. Psalms 89:13. God is greatly to be feared. Keble paraphrases the passage thus: —. —Thomas Goodwin. Ver. Other kingdoms and thrones have their times and their turns, their rise and their ruins, but so hath not the kingdom and throne of Jesus Christ. Men often fail in truth because their power is limited, and then they find it easier to break their word than to keep it; but the strong Jehovah is equal to all his engagements, and will assuredly keep them. (a) How not exalted. Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant. Ver. In this filial, crying the true sons should imitate him. So the fathers expound our text: I will ever sing thy mercies, in vouchsafing to send thy Son to visit thy servants, sick to death in sin. The second interpretation is this: Recollect, O Lord, what contempt thy enemies heap upon us on account of thy servant David, because we fondly cherish his memory and his example, and nourish the hope of thy covenant with him, clinging tenaciously thereto...Thirdly, this clause may be so interpreted that by twbqe, that is, the heel, we may understand the extremities of the Kingdom of Christ, of David. "I have", says the Lord, and yet again "I have", as though he himself was nothing loath to dwell upon the theme. Compare 2 Peter 3:4; 2 Peter 3:9. Faithfulness declared. 7. Perfect love casts out the fear which hath torment, and works in lieu thereof that other fear which is akin to joy unutterable. Ver. Moses only was admitted to see His "back parts"; the people were kept at a distance, and the light of God's glory that they saw was so terrible to them, that they could not abide it. "I have laid." Who in the heavens? Would be cut off in the midst of his days. Ver. Let the saints consider this, that they may return when they are fallen, and submit to him and his nature, and suffer him to do what he will with them, and endure cutting, and lancing, and burning, so long as he cuts them not off; endure chastening, and all his dealings else, knowing that all the fruit is but to take away the sin, to make them "partakers of his holiness"; and "if by any means", as Paul speaks of himself, (Philippians 3:11), be the means what it will, it is no matter. The brightness of his reign and the prosperity of his house are gone, his fame is tarnished, his honour disgraced. Kings are honoured when they honour him, and those who honour him are kings! —John Flavel. It will never be cut off. Thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin. This was very grievous to the writer of this Psalm, who was evidently a most loyal adherent of the house of David. “The holy one here may be either David or Nathan the prophet, but most probably the latter, for it was to him that the word of the Lord came by night (2 Samuel 7:4-5).” (Spurgeon) One chosen from the people describes Jesus: It is Jehovah who deigns to deal out to us our daily benefits, and he is the all sufficient and immutable God; therefore our rejoicing in him must never suffer diminution. A man of lofty bearing is said to carry his horn very high. For thou art the glory of their strength. When his ways are beyond our judgment we will not be so foolish as to judge; yet we shall do so if we consider his dealings to be unkind or unfaithful. And in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. I might give further instances out of this Psalm, but enough is as good as a feast. None in all creation is faithful as he is; even his angels might prove faithless if he left them to themselves, but he cannot "lie unto David", or forget to keep his oath. That no one comes to the knowledge of God, but he who has obtained mercy beforehand. In his extraction, election, and exaltation, he was an eminent type of the Lord Jesus, who is the man of the people, the chosen of God, and the king of his church. What more can he say? I have made a covenant with my chosen. Amen, and Amen. 33. Mine arm also shall strengthen him. But the prophet has thus worded it, because, being the children and members of his Christ, the favours which God bestows upon us belong to him in some manner; and it seems that the Psalmist wishes to show us hereby, that it is in Jesus Christ, and for love of him alone, that God bestows favours on us. The enemy shall not exact upon him; he shall not be vexed and persecuted as a helpless debtor by an extortionate creditor. The Son of David is the Great Progenitor, the second Adam, the Everlasting Father, he sees his seed, and in them beholds of the travail of his soul. 43. "Wilt thou hide thyself", etc. This Psalm may be regarded as THE PREFACE PSALM, having in it a notification of the contents of the entire Book. 34. The true David—the chosen one—the, (1) for his seed. The Psalmist, therefore, delivers the whole of this second verse in his own person, and introduces not God speaking till the next verse. Ver. In the clouds, in nubibus, oequabitur, is to be equalled, saith Calvin, to Jehovah, Quis enim in superiore nube par oestimetur Jehova. Was man made only to be miserable? Ver. And to praise the Lord, is to acknowledge him to … Thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. 47. Observe, here, that when Christ received the promise from the Father concerning the establishment of his (i.e. Consequently, that "throne" of glory on which Christ sits is already encircled in part, and will at last be completely surrounded and made still more glorious, by that innumerable company, that general assembly and church of the firstborn who are written in heaven. 82. That this should certainly take place, he adds the seal of faith again and again: "Amen, and Amen." Also I will make him my firstborn. I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: David was the means of bringing great blessings to the people over whom he ruled. 27. —William Kay. —Musculus. O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? Ver. You do not find them addressing Him as Father: they did not know him as such. Is there not a man among us who can compose hymns flaming with this spirit? We have not one, but many mercies to rejoice in, and should therefore multiply the expressions of our thankfulness. The Greeks had a similar mode of expressing themselves. Whole Psalm. Nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Ver. For even in the heavens, who can be compared to the Lord, where all his angels thus do praise him? the treasury of david charles spurgeon commentary on psalms with active table of contents illustrated Sep 29, 2020 Posted By Dean Koontz Publishing TEXT ID d10191f0f Online PDF Ebook Epub Library first published in weekly installments in the sword and the trowel aug 29 2020 the treasury of david charles spurgeon commentary on psalms with active table of contents That pleasantness and exuberance of a happy spirit, which by singing is instilled into the ears of the listeners, has a certain wonderful power of moving the affections; so that not in vain were pious minds taught by the Holy Spirit to inculcate the wonderful work of God in songs composed for this purpose, to commit them to memory and to appoint them to be sung. 89 I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. The important promise is that someone from David’s family would always be king. 2. We have the ground of the believer's preferment and exaltation; it is in thy righteousness. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. 6. Who among the sons of the mighty. (a) Their internal glory. The celebration of the divine goodness has joined with itself the joy and exultation of a pious mind, which cannot be poured forth better than in song. The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fullness thereof, thou hast founded them. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A creature full of strength and courage lifts up its horn, and so also does a believer become potent, valiant, and daring. There are thus recorded in 2 Samuel 7:12-16 : "And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shall sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. all those whom I have given to thee in the decree of election, all those whom thou shalt live and die to redeem, these will I establish for ever, so as to render their salvation irreversible and inadmissible: and build up thy throne, thy mediatorial throne, as King of saints and covenant Head of the elect, to all generations: there shall always be a succession of favoured sinners to be called and sanctified, in consequence of thy federal obedience unto death; and every period of time shall recompense thy covenant sufferings with an increasing revenue of converted souls, until as many as are ordained to eternal life are gathered in. O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? 37. Christ commenced his labours by referring to his Father, for in Lu 2:49 he says, "Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" Whereas Psalm 73 dealt with the prosperity of the wicked, Psalm 89 wrestles with the faithfulness of God to His promises. The Psalmist entreats the Lord to compassionate the wretchedness brought upon his servants by the taunts of their adversaries, who jested at them on account of their sufferings. For the most ancient fathers, and other judicious authors, who have spent their days in writing learned expositions and godly meditations upon the Holy Scriptures, although they be dead, yet they "sing all the mercies of the Lord, and shew the truth of his word from one generation to another." I made a covenant with my chosen. 26. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. —The sacred poet commences by affirming his belief in the faithfulness of the Lord to his covenant with the house of David, and makes his first pause at Psalms 89:4. Here is another forcible point; the scoffers are the Lord's enemies as well as ours, and their reproach falls upon him as well as upon us; therefore we cry for the Lord's interposition. The power of God so impressed the Psalmist that in many ways he repeated the same thought: and indeed the truth of God's omnipotence is so full of refreshment to gracious hearts that it cannot be too much dwelt upon, especially when viewed in connection with his mercy and truth, as in the following verse. Wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? Promises are never at variance with providence. 10. I will make him my firstborn. Mercy and truth shall go before thy face. And as a faithful witness in heavens. The appeal is to Jehovah, and the argument is the length of the affliction endured. "Made his glory to cease.". The joyful sound is from Mount Sion. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. It shall be established for ever as the moon. Thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground. 43. I have laid help upon one that is mighty. Ver. 1. Saints above see most clearly into the heights and depths of divine love, therefore they praise its wonders; and saints below, being conscious of their many sins and multiplied provocations of the Lord, admire his faithfulness. What is it that God will do? And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord. Sermon, 1648, O Lord, you are in Jesus should rejoice, it... 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