Perplexity about God’s Promises
A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. 1Kg 4:31; 1Ch 2:6
1I will sing about the Lord’s faithful love forever; Ps 101:1
I will proclaim Your faithfulness to all generations
with my mouth. Ps 92:2; 119:90
2For I will declare,
“Faithful love is built up forever;
You establish Your faithfulness in the heavens.” Ps 36:5
3The Lord said,
“I have made a covenant with My chosen one;
I have sworn an oath to David My servant:
4‘I will establish your offspring forever
and build up your throne for all generations.’ ” 2Sm 7:8-16; 1Ch 17:7-14; Jr 33:17-21Selah
5Lord, the heavens praise Your wonders Ps 19:1; 97:6
Your faithfulness also —
in the assembly of the holy ones. Ps 149:1
6For who in the skies can compare with the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings Or the angels, or the sons of the mighty is like the Lord? Ps 86:8; 113:5
7God is greatly feared in the council of the holy ones,
more awe-inspiring than Or ones, revered by all who surround Him. Ps 89:5; 96:4
8Lord God of Hosts,
who is strong like You, Lord? Ex 15:11; 2Sm 7:22
Your faithfulness surrounds You.
9You rule the raging sea;
when its waves surge, You still them. Jb 38:11; Ps 104:9; Mt 8:23-27
10You crushed Rahab like one who is slain; Is 30:7; 51:9-10
You scattered Your enemies with Your powerful arm. Ps 68:1; 92:9
11The heavens are Yours; the earth also is Yours.
The world and everything in it — You founded them. 1Ch 29:11; Ps 24:1
12North and south — You created them. Jb 26:7
Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at Your name. Ps 133:3; Jr 46:18
13You have a mighty arm;
Your hand is powerful;
Your right hand is lifted high. Ps 98:1; 118:16
14Righteousness and justice are the foundation
of Your throne; Ps 97:2
faithful love and truth go before You. Ps 85:13
15Happy are the people who know the joyful shout; Ps 98:6
Yahweh, they walk in the light of Your presence. Ps 56:13; 1Jn 1:7
16They rejoice in Your name all day long,
and they are exalted by Your righteousness. Ps 20:5; 105:3
17For You are their magnificent strength; Ps 28:8
by Your favor our horn is exalted. Ps 148:14
18Surely our shield = the king belongs to the Lord,
our king to the Holy One of Israel. Ps 84:9
19You once spoke in a vision to Your loyal ones
and said: “I have granted help to a warrior;
I have exalted one chosen Or exalted a young man from the people. 2Sm 17:10; 1Kg 11:34; Ps 78:70
20I have found David My servant;
I have anointed him with My sacred oil. 1Sm 16:13; Ps 47:9; Ac 13:22
21My hand will always be with him,
and My arm will strengthen him. Ps 18:35; 80:17
22The enemy will not afflict Or not exact tribute from him;
no wicked man will oppress him. 2Sm 7:10
23I will crush his foes before him
and strike those who hate him. 2Sm 7:9; Ps 2:9
24My faithfulness and love will be with him,
and through My name
his horn will be exalted. Ps 21:7; 132:17
25I will extend his power to the sea
and his right hand to the rivers. Ps 72:8
26He will call to Me, ‘You are my Father, 2Sm 7:14; 1Ch 22:10
my God, the rock of my salvation.’ 2Sm 22:47; Ps 18:2
27I will also make him My firstborn,
greatest of the kings of the earth. Ex 4:22; Jr 31:9; Col 1:15
28I will always preserve My faithful love for him,
and My covenant with him will endure. 2Ch 13:5; Ps 105:8
29I will establish his line forever,
his throne as long as heaven lasts. Lit as days of heaven Is 9:7; Jr 33:17
30If his sons forsake My instruction
and do not live by My ordinances, 2Sm 7:14; 1Kg 2:4
31if they dishonor My statutes
and do not keep My commands, 1Sm 12:15
32then I will call their rebellion
to account with the rod,
their sin with blows. Jb 9:34
33But I will not withdraw
My faithful love from him
or betray My faithfulness. 2Sm 7:15
34I will not violate My covenant
or change what My lips have said. Lv 26:44; Jdg 2:1
35Once and for all
I have sworn an oath by My holiness;
I will not lie to David. Am 4:2
36His offspring will continue forever,
his throne like the sun before Me, Ps 72:5,17
37like the moon, established forever,
a faithful witness in the sky.” Jb 16:19; Lk 1:33Selah
38But You have spurned and rejected him;
You have become enraged with Your anointed. 1Ch 28:9; Ps 44:9
39You have repudiated the covenant with Your servant;
You have completely dishonored his crown. Lit have dishonored his crown to the ground Ps 74:7; Lm 2:7; 5:16
40You have broken down all his walls;
You have reduced his fortified cities to ruins. Ps 80:12; Lm 2:2,5
41All who pass by plunder him; Jr 30:16
he has become an object of ridicule
to his neighbors. Ps 44:13; 79:4
42You have lifted high the right hand of his foes;
You have made all his enemies rejoice. Ps 13:4; 80:6
43You have also turned back his sharp sword
and have not let him stand in battle. Ps 44:10
44You have made his splendor Hb obscure cease
and have overturned his throne. Ezk 28:7
45You have shortened the days of his youth;
You have covered him with shame. Is 54:4; Ezk 7:18; Ob 10Selah
46How long, Lord? Will You hide Yourself forever?
Will Your anger keep burning like fire? Ps 6:3; 13:1; 35:17; 79:5
47Remember how short my life is.
Have You created everyone for nothing? Ps 39:6-7; 90:5-6,9-10
48What man can live and never see death?
Who can save himself from the power of Sheol? Ps 16:10; 22:29Selah
49Lord, where are the former acts of Your faithful love
that You swore to David in Your faithfulness? 2Sm 7:15; Jr 30:9; Ezk 34:23
50Remember, Lord, the ridicule against Your servants —
in my heart I carry abuse from all the peoples —
51how Your enemies have ridiculed, Lord,
how they have ridiculed every step of Your anointed. Ps 69:9; 74:10,18,22
52May the Lord be praised forever.
Amen and amen. Ps 41:13; 72:19-20; 106:48