Psalm 89:20-37 20 I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him; 21 my hand shall always remain with him; my arm also shall strengthen him. 22 The enemy shall not outwit him the wicked shall not humble him. 23 I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him 24 My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him; and in my name his horn shall be exalted. 25 I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers. 26 He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’ 27 I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. 28 Forever I will keep my steadfast love for him, and my covenant with him will stand firm. 29 I will establish his line forever, and his throne as long as the heavens endure. 30 If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my ordinances, 31 if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments, 32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with scourges; 33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, or be false to my faithfulness. 34 I will not violate my covenant, or alter the word that went forth from my lips. 35 Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David. 36 His line shall continue forever, and his throne endure before me like the sun. 37 It shall be established forever like the moon, an enduring witness in the skies.”
[Scripture quotation from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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Reflection on Psalm 89:20-37
So, how is it with those who lead in God’s name (perhaps) and seek to follow in the footsteps of Yeshua*?
- They have been set apart by some sacred ritual, laying God’s claim on them.
- Their strength comes from the weakness of God.
- When attending to insistence in the name of God (perhaps), they will will find themselves in opposition to the wicked (who will see them as an enemy)
- There will be a tendency to ascribe any seeming victories over evil to God’s strength and power.
- God will always be perceived (in their own minds) as favorable to their plans (and, in particular, to them).
- They will expect to rule over land and sea.
- They will cry, “Lord! Lord!” assuming that this is enough to keep them in God’s good graces.
- They will expect to be powerful throughout their life (or their term of office).
- Unfortunately, their children may stray from the straight and narrow.
- The insistent call in the name of God (perhaps) will be faithful to them. Hopefully, a portion of what they actually do will be faithful in return. When their faithful response to that insistent call becomes visible on earth, the sun and moon will dance in the sky.