How Great is Our God? (Psalm 89, 96, 100-101, 105, 132)

Scripture Reading – Psalm 89, 96, 100-101, 105, 132

Today’s Scripture reading in the Book of Psalms is extensive. For the sake of brevity, I will limit my devotional focus to Psalm 89.

Psalm 89 – The Person and Attributes of God

One study method I have often used over the years is to study a passage of Scripture and look for and focus on what God has revealed about Himself, His person, and His character. I have always found that approach to be an enriching discipline and invite you to follow the same in your devotions.

Psalm 89, though referring to King David throughout, was probably written during Israel’s captivity in Babylon. The author is identified as Ethan the Ezrahite. I cannot identify the man; however, I am relatively certain he would have been a Levite and there is no doubt this psalm would have been sung in worship in the Temple.

I suggest the following as an outline of Psalm 89.  Introduction (Psalm 89:1-4) – A call to worship (many might identify verse 1 as a chorus often sung today); I. Divine Attributes (Psalm 89:5-18); II. Davidic Covenant (Psalm 89:19-37); III. The Immediate Distress of the Exiled (Psalm 89:38-45); IV. A Plea to God for Mercy (Psalm 89:46-52).

Time and space do not allow a thorough study of Psalm 89; however, permit me an opportunity to highlight a study of a few of God’s attributes recorded in this psalm.

Introduction – A Call to Worship (Psalm 89:1-4)

Psalm 89:1-2 – God is merciful and faithful.

Psalm 89:4 – His promises never fail (the promise to establish David’s “seed for ever” is fulfilled in Jesus Christ).

II. Divine Attributes (Psalm 89:5-18)

Psalm 89:6-8 – God is incomparable: To be feared and revered (89:7). He is strong and faithful (89:8).

Psalm 89:9 – God is sovereign in nature: The seas obey His will (Matthew 8:24-27).

Psalm 89:10 – God is sovereign over nations: He rules the “sea” of nations.

Psalm 89:11-12 – God is Creator.

Psalm 89:14 – God is Just; Merciful; and Trustworthy.

Psalm 89:16 – God is righteous.

Psalm 89:18 – God is Protector; Holy; and Sovereign King.

II. The Davidic Covenant – God’s Covenant with David and Israel (Psalm 89:19-37)

Psalm 89:19-25 – God keeps Covenant and never forgets His promises.

Psalm 89:26 – God is “my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.”

Psalm 89:28 – God is merciful.

Psalm 89:26-32 – God is just and those who break His Covenant will not go unpunished.

Psalm 89:33-34 – God’s lovingkindness (steadfast love) and faithfulness will not fail.

Psalm 89:35 – God is holy, He cannot lie.

III. The Immediate Distress of the Exiled (89:38-45)

Psalm 89:38-45 – God is a righteous Judge and sin will not go unpunished.

IV. A Plea to God for Mercy (Psalm 89:46-52)

Psalm 89:46-51 – God is just and in Him is life, purpose, mercy, and forgiveness.

Psalm 89:52 – God is worthy of praise for He is “LORD for evermore” – eternal, perpetual, everlasting God.

What is the purpose of pondering, considering, listing, and meditating on the attributes of God revealed in His Word? The LORD has revealed He is merciful, kind, loving, longsuffering, and just.

Understanding who God is, gives courage, confidence, and hope. I know when I face trouble and trials, He hears and answers prayer. Therefore:

Psalm 89:1 – I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.

Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith