Psalm 89:20-37 (NIV) 20I have found David my servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him. 21My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him. 22The enemy will not get the better of him; the wicked will not oppress him. 23I will crush his foes before him and strike down his adversaries. 24My faithful love will be with him, and through my name his horn will be exalted. 25I will set his hand over the sea, his right hand over the rivers. 26He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’ 27And I will appoint him to be my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth. 28I will maintain my love to him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail. 29I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure. 30“If his sons forsake my law and do not follow my statutes, 31if they violate my decrees and fail to keep my commands, 32I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; 33but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness. 34I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered. 35Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness— and I will not lie to David— 36that his line will continue forever and his throne endure before me like the sun; 37it will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky.”
The Bible tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart. Yet, the Bible also clearly shows us that David and his descendants sinned…a lot. David’s lineage gets so bad that God has to fulfill verses 30-32 in our passage today. But our passage today also explains how much God loved David and his offspring. God kept His promise to David and his children despite the horrible things they did, and ultimately sent “the highest of the kings of the earth”, Jesus, to fulfill David’s covenant.
This is Good News for us today! Despite the horrible things we have done, despite our sins, despite our self-righteousness, through Jesus Christ, God speaks the same over us as He spoke in verse 33, “I will not remove from (you) my steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness.”
God kept His promise to David through Jesus Christ, and God keeps His promise of forgiveness of our sins and eternal life with Him through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the best promise keeper because He alone perfectly lived in a way that perfectly pleased God, and then died, even though He was innocent of any wrong, to pay the price for our sins so that when we believe in the gospel by faith and are saved, Jesus’ perfect record is given to us. Praise God that our salvation does not depend on our ability to keep promises, but solely on God’s faithfulness to keep all His promises.
We have a great promise offered to us, as our memory verse for today states. Take time to memorize this verse and ask yourself if you have received this promise for yourself. If you have, ask God who in your life needs to hear about God’s great promise, and then share it with them today.
Memory Verse: John 3:16 (NIV)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.