Psalm 89:1-18

God's special love

89:1God had made special promises to David as part of a covenant. See 2 Samuel 7:12-17. He promised that someone from David's family would always be king. In this psalm, the writer sees that all these promises have not yet become true. So the writer is sad. He wants to know if God has forgotten about his promises to David.

1 I will always sing about the Lord's faithful love.

I will tell my children and my grandchildren

that you are always faithful.

2 Yes! Your faithful love will always continue to be strong.

You will always be faithful,

as the skies will always be there.

3 The Lord has said,

‘I have made a covenant with the king that I chose.

I have made this strong promise to my servant David:

4 “Someone from your family will always be king.

They will rule for ever.” ’


5 Lord, everything in heaven praises you

for the great things that you have done.

Yes, your angels meet together to praise you,

because you are always faithful.

6 In all the heavens,

there is no one like you, Lord!

No angel in heaven is equal to you.

7 When the angels meet together in heaven,

they respect you with fear.

All who meet round your throne in heaven respect you,

as you deserve.

8 Lord God Almighty,

no one is as powerful as you!

You are always faithful in all that you do!

9 You rule over the powerful sea.

When the waves rise up,

you make them quiet again.

10 You caught the monster Rahab

and you killed it!

With your power,

you chased away your enemies.

11 The heavens belong to you

and so does the earth.

You made the world

and everything that is in it.

12 You made everything,

from the north to the south.

Tabor and Hermon are happy to praise your name.

89:12Tabor and Hermon are the names of mountains in Israel.

13 You have great strength,

and you can do great things.

You hold up your right hand,

as you win against your enemies.

14 As King, you rule with justice,

and you always do what is right.

You show your faithful love and you are faithful.

15 You have truly blessed the people

who know how to praise you, Lord.

They know that you are pleased with them.

16 They praise your name all the time.

Your justice makes them happy.

17 You give strength and glory to your people.

Because you are kind to us,

we win against our enemies.

18 Yes! Our king belongs to the Lord,

and he protects us like a shield.

Our king belongs to the Holy One of Israel.