Abide Together: Reflections on Psalm 89
Psalm 89 is a prayer that the LORD would remember his unconditional covenant to David and his descendants. The Psalmists recounts the LORD’s greatness and faithfulness in the past and calls on HIS faithfulness in the present and the future. He does this in the midst of the nation of Israel’s current pain. This Psalm also points to the fact that the Messiah, Jesus, will ultimately fulfill all the promises of the Davidic Covenant. The thing that stands out to me this morning is the phrase in verse 38, “You have been full of wrath against Your anointed.” Yes, the LORD’s wrath had been justly against Israel to discipline them for their sin, but this points to its greatest fulfillment in Jesus. The Father poured out his wrath in full on Jesus, the Son, while He took on the sin of the world. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)” On this Christmas Day as I remember Jesus coming as a babe, may I never forget why HE came and what HE did. HE came as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, and HE had the Father’s just wrath poured out on HIM – so that my sin could be paid for and forgiven. WOW! LORD, thank YOU for Your amazing grace toward me. May I live today in that Grace that changed me and empowers me.
– Bryan McKenzie
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