To All Generations (Psalm 89 Devotional Thought)

PSALM 89

A Contemplation of Ethan the Ezrahite. 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; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.” 3 “I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: 4 ‘Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations.’ ” Selah

PSALM 89:1-4

TO ALL GENERATIONS

In our society we like things quick. We order “fast” food or put something frozen in the microwave and get it piping hot in just a few minutes. We don’t like to wait in lines. We don’t like it when people drive slowly in front of us. we are always in a hurry.

In a society like that, there is something to be said for the things that take time. We have the privilege of living on a hill and knowing of the last several folks who lived in our house. We know generally what happened on that hill for the last 140 years or so. I’ve come to learn some of the stories surrounding the plants around our house. Some of the tree’s were planted by previous generations and from them we draw shade today.

The psalmist wants to declare the glory of God to all generations. Those who have gone before have the legacy of faith to pass down to the coming generations. The newer generation has the privilege of hearing the testimony of how God has moved before. The evidence of God’s faithfulness to the Israelite people was seen in the geneology of the man on the throne. When David’s heir was their, God’s faithfulness was there for those who chose to see it, even though the midst of a few bad kings.

We now see Jesus as the ultimate king in the line of David. He is the one who has come and fulfilled all of God’s promises. He reminds us that God has been faithful in all generations and will be until the end of time.

We may have just come though a rough season or we may be trying to discern what will happen with the youth of today. One thing we can count on for certain is that God is faithful to ALL generations. The same God who watched over our fathers, watches over us, and should he be patient in his return, he will watch over the next generation to come as well.

PRAYER

Father, you are faithful to all generations! You have displayed your love, your justice, your mercy, and your grace in every generation. I am grateful for the way you have moved in my life and I pray for those who are coming behind me today. I pray they see your faithfulness in their generation. Let them be a generation sold out to you. May you do a great work in their time! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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I Will Praise The Lord With My Whole Heart (Psalm 9)

PSALM 9

1 To the Chief Musician. To [the tune of] “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David. I will praise [You], O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

PSALM 9:1-2

I WILL PRAISE THE LORD WITH MY WHOLE HEART

A few years ago I was very sick. I didn’t know what was fully going on. I would start projects but was too sick to finish. I would be wiped out by two or three in the afternoon. I was fatigued and had a fever every day for over 100 days. I’d had chest pains and been to the ER several times. I went to doctors, we ran tests, and eventually it was discovered that I had a condition with my heart that would require surgery. I know what it is like to have a sick heart that isn’t acting in full capacity.

David says that he will praise God with his whole heart. While David isn’t talking about his physical heart, he is referencing that his praise come from all of who he is and from the place that wills. Often times someone will say that their “heart” isn’t in it. That doesn’t mean that their organ stops beating, but rather that they weren’t fully committed, they showed up and may have been physically present, but their will wasn’t fully in it.  David says that his is fully committed to praise God. He isn’t divided. He isn’t riding the fence. He isn’t hot one minute and cold the next. He is all in on praising God and he tells us How his whole heart is in it!

David is going into worship with an attitude of gladness and rejoicing. He can’t help but get that way when he tells of all of God’s works (This is good medicine for those who are downcast). David is committed to singing God’s praise. He extols God’s attributes, especially God’s goodness, justice, and strength. He takes his refuge/ shelter in the Lord and pleads his cause looking to the Lord for Justice!

Sometimes I confess that I get off center. I don’t approach the LORD the way I should, with my whole heart. I want to hold some part back. Sometimes I need a check up and I need to get the medicine of God’s word to remind me of who He is and what He does. Sometimes I need the Holy Spirit to operate on me and diagnose my condition. I want to always praise God with my whole heart.

PRAYER

Father, thank you for saving my life in the midst of physical heart issues. I am forever grateful of your grace and I am grateful for the good health I experience today. I ask for my spiritual heart today. Don’t let me approach you in a cold or indifferent way, I always want to be all in with you! As I recount my testimony, I am grateful for your presence in my life all along the way. If there is anything holding me back from worshipping you with my whole heart, I pray that you would address it. In Jesus name, Amen.

I’m reading and blogging the Psalms Through The Summer. I’d love for you to join me. You can find out a little more here.