Psalm 89: Bible Study Guide.


A Worship Guide corresponding with today’s Bible Reading Plan: Psalm 89/ “Remember Your Covenant with David”/ 19-BSG-89A: (Psalm 89:1-52)/ Hymn: All to Jesus I surrender; all to Him I freely give! (SDAH 309)

EXPLORATION: God’s Covenant is Everlasting (2 Sam 7:11-16; 23:5; 1 Kin 2:45; 2 Chr. 13:5; Ps. 18:50; Ps 89:3-4;  89:28-29, 35-37; Jer 33:17)

REFLECTION: In Psalm 89 we see five words: the Praise, the Covenant, the Problem, the Plea, and the Doxology. First, The Praise: The psalmist wish to praise God for four things – His person (Ps. 89:1–2, 5–8, 14); His power (Ps. 89:9–13); His provisions (Ps. 89:15–18); and His promise (Ps. 89:3–4, 19–37). The Covenant: In Ps. 89:19–37, the psalmist discuses divine oracles in which Yahweh restates the Davidic covenant. The Problem: In Ps. 89: 38-51, he laments about the afflicted state of David’s kingdom with earnest prayers and expostulations, because Yahweh seems to have rejected His people. The Plea: In Ps. 89:46–51, we see the Plea for God to fulfill His promises and restore His favor to the kingdom. The Doxology: The last verse (Ps. 89:52) is a doxology and “double Amen” which concludes Book Three (Psalms 73–89).

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: “This is the great covenant psalm. The covenant concerns the Davidic office of king, and in this psalm is given a forecast of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ” (John G. Butler). Israel suffered greatly because of their disobedience, nevertheless, the Lord forgave, forsook and fulfilled His covenant with David. The Messiah (Jesus Christ) came from the line of David: “Also I will make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth.” (v. 27).

Consider this warning: “If his children forsake My law and walk not in My ordinances, If they break or profane My statutes and keep not My commandments, Then will I punish their transgression with the rod [of chastisement], and their iniquity with stripes.” (Psalm 89:30–32, AMP) The LORD issued a stern warning to David’s descendants, to not forsake His law. Beloved, there is a grave danger when we forsake God’s law, or refuse to keep His commandments. We may suffer the consequences of disobedience and be punished by God. There will forever be a sorrow for Lost Blessings from the Lord.

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the Lord say to me this morning? My son, I love you! I don’t want any sin in you. I don’t want you to suffer the consequences of sin. Oh that you would be willing and obey My commandments. Listen to these words: “If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 1:19–20, NKJV)

TODAY’S COMMITMENT: I will praise God for His unfailing love, faithfulness, mercy and lovingkindness (Ps. 89:1, 2, 5, 8, 14, 24, 28, 33, 49); Trust God to fulfill His promises (Ps. 89:19-37); I will be cautious! — God rejects those who reject His promises, His covenant (Ps. 89:38-45); I will plead with God to fulfill His promises— I will never give up Hope (Ps. 89:46-51); Lastly, I will cry out in praise to the LORD forever! Cry out until He answers! “Blessed be the Lord forevermore! Amen and Amen.” (Psalm 89:52, NKJV)

Have A Blessed Day: “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18, NKJV)