July 3rd, 2016
Psalm 89 begins with a great hymn of praise. God’s eternal virtues are extolled: His love and faithfulness, righteousness and justice, His glory and strength. “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD” (Psalm 89:15). It is too bad the psalm doesn’t end there.
All was not well in Zion. God had made powerful promises to David: “I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure” (Psalm 89:29). Instead David’s sons and the people turned away from God and violated His law. David’s city was now in ruins, its wealth looted. Where was this faithful God who made such lavish promises?
God was waiting for words of confession and repentance. Words we do not read in this psalm. When it seems God is silent and His promises have failed what we may most need to do is ask Him to search our hearts. Repentance opens the door for restoration.
Author: Duane Brush