Morning devotion: Read Psalm 89

Psalms 89:38  ¶But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed. 39  Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground. 40  Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin. 41  All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours. 42  Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice. 43  Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle. 44  Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground. 45  The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah. 46  How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire? 47  Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? 48  What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah. 49  Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth? 50  Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people; 51  Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed. 52  Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.

This portion Psalm 89 is the climax as the author laments the nationwide disaster he is in. After singing about God and his mercy and truth; after praising God for his creation, he laments in the national disaster which he finds himself. He knows he is of the seed of David, he knows he is saved and cannot lose that everlasting covenant. Yet, here he wonders if God has forsaken him. He wonders if God has broken the hedge of protection around him and his nation. He wonders if Gods glory has ceased.

Did not Jesus cry from the cross, Mark 15:34  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

No, God’s glory has not ceased, he has not lost control, he was sovereign there and he is sovereign here in 2020.

In verses 47 & 48 he asks why God made him and why is life so short. He goes on to say that no man can deliver himself from death and the grave and wonders where God’s loving kindness has gone and if the covenant that he spoke about was broken.  

God’s loving kindness has not been broken, in fact as you read this Psalm you will find it is a wonderful picture of Jesus Christ. For it was Jesus who bore the reproach of his people and it was Jesus who bore the reproach of the mighty men.  Verse 50  “Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people; 51  Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.”

There is a national and international disaster, it is global, it is called sin. However, there is Jesus (the King of Kings and Lord of Lords) who bore on the cross of calvary all our sins.

Isaiah 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

The Psalmist closes with a wonderful phrase: Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.

Neither you nor I can stop the hand of God. We can only trust him. He has not lost control, nor has his glory diminished. He is still God.

You may go through the phases of shock, and acceptance and anger over all this Wuhan Novel Cororna Virus – Covid 19, but eventually you will come to resolve. Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook