May 6, 2023
Psalms 89, 96, 100, 101, 105, and 132 are todays readings.
Psalm 89 –
There are three keys terms we see repeated in this Psalm: covenant, my servant, and throne. God’s promises to David are guaranteed. Once God gifts a person, He will not remove that gift. The joyful sound refers to the sound of God’s people. Jesus fulfills the promises of David’s covenant in His everlasting throne. The discipline of God seemed to endure forever.
Psalm 96 –
God’s greatness will one day be declared in all nations. The gospel will be known among all peoples. Families are literally tribes. The psalmist invites Gentiles to submit to God and become worshippers.
Psalm 100 –
Worship is characterized by an exuberance to God with their praise – a joyful shout. Worship should never be passive. The word mercy is associated with redemption in Jesus. His truth endures to all generations means He will always be with His people.
Psalm 101 –
David hints at the grand design of his kingdom by mentioning the city of the Lord. The goal here is to reveal the king’s loyalty to God. Possibly it might have been used at his coronation.
Psalm 105 –
The psalmist seeks to excite the people’s gratitude by recalling God’s goodness to them in earlier times. The covenant is promised as Israel’s inheritance. My anointed and my prophets refer to the patriarchs. After calling God’s people to praise and thank Him he gives them the reason for obeying; that they might observe His statutes and keep His laws.
Psalm 132 –
Like every king before the King of kings has a footstool – the temple in Jerusalem. The heavens are His throne. The words the Lord has sworn recall David’s covenant issued in 2 Samuel 7:8-16. Jesus is the anointed who ultimately fulfills these promises (Luke 1:32; Acts 2:30).