He Is Faithful

Scripture Reading
The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.”

“He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the rock, my savior.’
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stands firm.”Top of Form

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(Psalm 89:2-3,4-5,27,29)



Scripture Study


Psalm 89 The community laments the defeat of the Davidic king, to whom God promised kingship as enduring as the heavens (Ps 89:2–5). The Psalm narrates how God became king of the divine beings (Ps 89:6–9) and how the Davidic king became king of earthly kings (Ps 89:20–38). Since the defeat of the king calls into question God’s promise, the community ardently prays God to be faithful to the original promise to David (Ps 89:39–52).

89:3–5 David’s dynasty is to be as long-lasting as the heavens, a statement reinforced by using the same verbs (establish, stand) both of the divine love and loyalty and of the Davidic dynasty and throne, cf. Ps 89:29–30.[1]

89:19–29. It was God who chose the king (v. 19), anointed him (v. 20) and promised to give him strength to deal with his enemies (vv. 21–24) and a realm stretching from the Mediterranean to the Euphrates and the Tigris (vv. 24–25). He also promised that he would be a Father to his son the king and would give him a line of descendants that endured forever (vv. 26–29; cf. 2 Sam 7:13; Ps 2). In the book of Revelation St John applies the words of v. 27 to Jesus risen from the dead when he calls him “the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth” (Rev 1:5).[2]


Scripture Reflection


The covenant with David incorporated the Davidic kingship into the eternal structure of God’s reign, but the temporal career of the people subjected it to all the fluctuations and uncertainties of human history. The portrayal of the messiah in the power of his enemies, rejected and scorned, his life cut short, has another counterpart in the passion narrative of the Gospels. The psalm read as Scripture on Maundy Thursday is a powerful witness that the very cosmic reign of God is involved in what is happening on that day; and it makes it very clear how much the outcome depends on and reveals the faithfulness of God. While the psalm contains no resolution of the dilemma, it clearly speaks of an appeal to the faithfulness of God.

– James Mays

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV. 



[1] James Gavigan, Brian McCarthy, and Thomas McGovern, eds., Psalms and the Song of Solomon, The Navarre Bible (Dublin; New York: Four Courts Press; Scepter Publishers, 2003), 304.
[2] Donald Senior, John J. Collins, and Mary Ann Getty, eds., The Catholic Study Bible, 2nd Ed.: Notes, 2nd ed., vol. 2 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 793.