QT – Psalm 89

Vs.. 1, “I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.”  Ethan was from the tribe of Levi and one of the temple worship leaders.  Ethan had witnessed one of David’s descandant’s be defeated in battle and began to wonder if God was going to be faithful to His promises.  But throughout the Psalm, we see Ethan turning back to the Lord in trust.  Unknown to him, Jesus would be the fulfillment of the Davidic promises. 

Regarding application…God’s Faithfulness.  Six times in this Psalm, Ethan refer’s to God’s faithfulness.  Question: How did Ethan know God was faithful?  Because as he looked to the past, he had seen and heard of God’s great promises being fulfilled.  There are times in our lives of questions and uncertainties…but if we know Scripture and look to our own lives, we will be able to see God’s faithfulness too!  When I was younger, I thought I might not live to be 25 years old…but God had different plans for me.  Even when I made mistakes and seemed to veer down the wrong path…He was there to forgive and guide me back!  Praise God for His faithfulness!

QT – Psalm 88

Vs. 1, “O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you.”  Heman was the one who wrote this Psalm and he was the grandson of of Jacob.  It’s safe to say that Heman was going through a very difficult time in his life.  He gives us a very vivid picture of his struggles and does not ligthen his complaints to the Lord.  We must give him credit, much like Job….he still tuned to the Lord and expressed his sorrows.

Regarding application…Blaming God.  Vs. 16, “You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend.”  Heman was venting…but we know he still put his trust in the Lord.  Setting Heman aside, we need to be very careful with how we blame things on God.  Sin is not the fault of God.  When tough times come, our reaction towards God can really show us the condition of our hearts.  All around things can change…but we put our trust in the Lord who does not change (in a good way).