Psalm 89 is a glorious song, a song that turns into desperate prayer (vv. 38-52). The dominating theme is the “steadfast love” and “faithfulness” of GOD. Ethan reflects on the promise to David, which becomes God’s promise and covenant for his people. Steadfast love and faithfulness is the theme that comes up again and again.
The phrase “mighty faithfulness” came to mind as I reflected on this psalm. For God is not only faithful and loving and cannot deny himself or alter his word or violate his covenant with us in Christ (the True David), but He is also Mighty. Over and over again, Ethan would remind us that this is (though Invisible) the Sovereign God who rules all things by His Word and providence, according to his promise. Here is an excerpt:
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
O LORD God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O LORD,
with your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.
You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
The north and the south, you have created them;
Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face, who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted.
For you are the glory of their strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted.
For our shield belongs to the LORD,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.