Psalm 89

I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord

1 I WILL sing of the mercies of the LORD forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
2 For I have said, "Mercy shall be built up forever;
a Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens."
3 "I b have made a covenant with My chosen,
I have c sworn to My servant David:
4 'Your seed I will establish forever,
And build up your throne d to all generations.' " Selah

5 And e the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD;
Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints.
6 f For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD?
Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD?
7 g God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints,
And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.
8 O LORD God of hosts,
Who is mighty like You, O LORD?
Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
9 h You rule the raging of the sea;
When its waves rise, You still them.
10 i You have broken 1 Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain;
You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.
11 j The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
The world and all its fullness, You have founded them.
12 The north and the south, You have created them;
k Tabor and l Hermon rejoice in Your name.
13 You have a mighty arm;
Strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
Mercy and truth go before Your face.
15 Blessed are the people who know the m joyful sound!
They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.
16 In Your name they rejoice all day long,
And in Your righteousness they are exalted.
17 For You are the glory of their strength,
And in Your favor our 2 horn is n exalted.
18 For our shield belongs to the LORD,
And our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19 Then You spoke in a vision to Your 3 holy one,
And said: "I have given help to one who is mighty;
I have exalted one o chosen from the people.
20 p I have found My servant David;
With My holy oil I have anointed him,
21 q With whom My hand shall be established;
Also My arm shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not 4 outwit him,
Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
23 I will beat down his foes before his face,
And plague those who hate him.
24 "But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him,
And in My name his horn shall be exalted.
25 Also I will r set his hand over the sea,
And his right hand over the rivers.
26 He shall cry to Me, 'You are s my Father,
My God, and t the rock of my salvation.'
27 Also I will make him u My firstborn,
v The highest of the kings of the earth.
28 w My mercy I will keep for him forever,
And My covenant shall stand firm with him.
29 His seed also I will make to endure forever,
x And his throne y as the days of heaven.
30 "If z his sons a forsake My law
And do not walk in My judgments,
31 If they 5 break My statutes
And do not keep My commandments,
32 Then I will punish their transgression with the rod,
And their iniquity with stripes.
33 b Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not 6 utterly take from him,
Nor 7 allow My faithfulness to fail.
34 My covenant I will not break,
Nor c alter the word that has gone out of My lips.
35 Once I have sworn d by My holiness;
I will not lie to David:
36 e His seed shall endure forever,
And his throne f as the sun before Me;
37 It shall be established forever like the moon,
Even like the faithful witness in the sky." Selah

38 But You have g cast off and h abhorred, 8
You have been furious with Your 9 anointed.
39 You have renounced the covenant of Your servant;
i You have 10 profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.
40 You have broken down all his hedges;
You have brought his 11 strongholds to ruin.
41 All who pass by the way j plunder him;
He is a reproach to his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries;
You have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
And have not sustained him in the battle.
44 You have made his 12 glory cease,
And cast his throne down to the ground.
45 The days of his youth You have shortened;
You have covered him with shame. Selah

46 How long, LORD?
Will You hide Yourself forever?
Will Your wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my time k is;
For what l futility have You created all the children of men?
48 What man can live and not 13 see m death?
Can he deliver his life from the power of 14 the grave? Selah

49 Lord, where are Your former lovingkindnesses,
Which You n swore to David o in Your truth?
50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of Your servants -
p How I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many peoples,
51 q With which Your enemies have reproached, O LORD,
With which they have reproached the footsteps of Your 15 anointed.

52 r Blessed be the LORD forevermore!
Amen and Amen.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 119:89
    Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.
    Psalms 119:90
    Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides.
  2. Cross References
    1 Kings 8:16
    'Since the day that I brought My people Israel out of Egypt, I have chosen no city from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, that My name might be there; but I chose David to be over My people Israel.'
  3. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:11
    Since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD tells you that He will make you a house.
    1 Chronicles 17:10 - 12
    Since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. Also I will subdue all your enemies. Furthermore I tell you that the LORD will build you a house.
  4. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:13
    He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
    Isaiah 9:7
    Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
    Luke 1:33
    "And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 19:1
    The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 86:8
    Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; Nor are there any works like Your works.
    Psalms 113:5
    Who is like the LORD our God, Who dwells on high.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 76:7
    You, Yourself, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence When once You are angry?
    Psalms 76:11
    Make vows to the LORD your God, and pay them; Let all who are around Him bring presents to Him who ought to be feared.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 65:7
    You who still the noise of the seas, The noise of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples.
    Psalms 93:3
    The floods have lifted up, O LORD, The floods have lifted up their voice; The floods lift up their waves.
    Psalms 93:4
    The LORD on high is mightier Than the noise of many waters, Than the mighty waves of the sea.
    Psalms 107:29
    He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.
  9. Cross References
    Exodus 14:26 - 28
    Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.
    Psalms 87:4
    "I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to those who know Me; Behold, O Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia: 'This one was born there.'"
    Isaiah 30:7
    For the Egyptians shall help in vain and to no purpose. Therefore I have called her RahabHemShe'beth.
    Isaiah 51:9
    Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD! Awake as in the ancient days, In the generations of old. Are You not the arm that cut Rahab apart, And wounded the serpent?
  10. Cross References
    Genesis 1:1
    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
    1 Chronicles 29:11
    Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as head over all.
  11. Cross References
    Joshua 19:22
    And the border reached to Tabor, Shahazimah, and Beth Shemesh; their border ended at the Jordan: sixteen cities with their villages.
    Judges 4:6
    Then she sent and called for Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, "Has not the LORD God of Israel commanded, 'Go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun.
    Jeremiah 46:18
    As I live," says the King, Whose name is the LORD of hosts, "Surely as Tabor is among the mountains And as Carmel by the sea, so he shall come.
  12. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 3:8
    And at that time we took the land from the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were on this side of the Jordan, from the River Arnon to Mount Hermon
    Joshua 11:17
    From Mount Halak and the ascent to Seir, even as far as Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. He captured all their kings, and struck them down and killed them.
    Joshua 12:1
    These are the kings of the land whom the children of Israel defeated, and whose land they possessed on the other side of the Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the River Arnon to Mount Hermon, and all the eastern Jordan plain:
    Song of Solomon 4:8
    Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, With me from Lebanon. Look from the top of Amana, From the top of Senir and Hermon, From the lions' dens, From the mountains of the leopards.
  13. Cross References
    Leviticus 23:24
    Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath- rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
    Numbers 10:10
    "Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the LORD your God."
    Psalms 98:6
    With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the LORD, the King.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 75:10
    "All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted."
    Psalms 92:10
    But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.
    Psalms 132:17
    There I will make the horn of David grow; I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed.
  15. Cross References
    1 Kings 11:34
    However I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand, because I have made him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of My servant David, whom I chose because he kept My commandments and My statutes.
  16. Cross References
    1 Samuel 13:14
    "But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you."
    1 Samuel 16:1 - 12
    Now the LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.
    Acts 13:22
    "And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.'
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 80:17
    Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 72:8
    He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.
  19. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:14
    I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.
    1 Chronicles 22:10
    'He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son, and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.'
    Jeremiah 3:19
    "But I said: 'How can I put you among the children And give you a pleasant land, A beautiful heritage of the hosts of nations?' "And I said: 'You shall call Me, "My Father," And not turn away from Me.'
  20. Cross References
    2 Samuel 22:47
    The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, The Rock of my salvation!
  21. Cross References
    Exodus 4:22
    Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD: "Israel is My son, My firstborn.
    Psalms 2:7
    I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.
    Jeremiah 31:9
    They shall come with weeping, And with supplications I will lead them. I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, In a straight way in which they shall not stumble; For I am a Father to Israel, And Ephraim is My firstborn.
    Colossians 1:15
    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
    Colossians 1:18
    And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
  22. Cross References
    Numbers 24:7
    He shall pour water from his buckets, And his seed shall be in many waters. "His king shall be higher than Agag, And his kingdom shall be exalted.
    Psalms 72:11
    Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; All nations shall serve Him.
    Revelation 19:16
    And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
  23. Cross References
    Isaiah 55:3
    Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you - The sure mercies of David.
  24. Cross References
    1 Kings 2:4
    "that the LORD may fulfill His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, 'If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,' He said, 'you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.'
    Isaiah 9:7
    Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
    Jeremiah 33:17
    For thus says the LORD: 'David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel.
  25. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 11:21
    That your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.
  26. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:14
    I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.
  27. Cross References
    Psalms 119:53
    Indignation has taken hold of me Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.
  28. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:14
    I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.
    2 Samuel 7:15
    But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
  29. Cross References
    Numbers 23:19
    God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
    Jeremiah 33:20 - 22
    Thus says the LORD: 'If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season.
  30. Cross References
    1 Samuel 15:29
    "And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent. For He is not a man, that He should relent."
    Amos 4:2
    The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness: "Behold, the days shall come upon you When He will take you away with fishhooks, And your posterity with fishhooks.
    Titus 1:2
    In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.
  31. Cross References
    Luke 1:33
    "And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."
  32. Cross References
    Psalms 72:17
    His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed.
  33. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 28:9
    As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.
  34. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:19
    And when the LORD saw it, He spurned them, Because of the provocation of His sons and His daughters.
  35. Cross References
    Psalms 74:7
    They have set fire to Your sanctuary; They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name to the ground.
    Lamentations 5:16
    The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!
  36. Cross References
    Psalms 80:12
    Why have You broken down her hedges, So that all who pass by the way pluck her fruit?
  37. Cross References
    Psalms 90:9
    For all our days have passed away in Your wrath; We finish our years like a sigh.
  38. Cross References
    Psalms 62:9
    Surely men of low degree are a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor.
  39. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 3:19
    For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity.
  40. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:15
    But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
    Jeremiah 30:9
    But they shall serve the LORD their God, And David their king, Whom I will raise up for them.
    Ezekiel 34:23
    I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them - My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd.
  41. Cross References
    Psalms 54:5
    He will repay my enemies for their evil. Cut them off in Your truth.
  42. Cross References
    Psalms 69:9
    Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
    Psalms 69:19
    You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; My adversaries are all before You.
  43. Cross References
    Psalms 74:10
    O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever?
    Psalms 74:18
    Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD, And that a foolish people has blasphemed Your name.
    Psalms 74:22
    Arise, O God, plead Your own cause; Remember how the foolish man reproaches You daily.
  44. Cross References
    Psalms 41:13
    Blessed be the LORD God of Israel From everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.
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