“You said, ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David, my servant, I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm throughout all generations.’” – Psalm 89:3-4
Waiting – Praising
Longing – Trusting
Yearning – Resting
Psalm 89, written by Ethan centuries before the birth of Christ, speaks to the modern day dilemma of reconciling earthly woes with heavenly promises. It is not clear what disaster or defeat had befallen this author, but it is certain that he was yearning for salvation in verse 46, “How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?” Despite the realities of suffering, he begins and ends his plea with praise while also rehearsing the truths of divine attributes and the promise of a Messiah or Savior to David and generations to come.
Proclamations of God’s steadfast love, his might, his righteousness, and his faithfulness abound throughout this psalm. Furthermore, the repeated usage of the words, establish and covenant, assures us of the promise and permanence of God’s reign forever and ever without a doubt. This assurance of God’s salvation and help is for us as much as it was for Ethan.
And so, we wait.
And while we wait, for the Messiah’s second coming, we celebrate his first.
Father, we will sing of your steadfast love and faithfulness forever. Whether it be in the midst of pain or pleasure, blessed be your name forever. Amen.
~ Adele Aiken