The Goodness of the Lord

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 found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
That my hand may be always with him,
and that my arm may make him strong.”

“My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him,
and through my name shall his horn be exalted.
He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.'”
(Psalm 89:2-3, 21-22, 25, 27)

Scripture Study

89:1–2. The terms “steadfast love” and “faithfulness” used in the start of the psalm are very much in evidence throughout the first part (vv. 1–37). These divine attributes are strong and enduring because they belong to God (cf. Ps 85:10).

89:3–4. And God’s Covenant with David is equally enduring, because God has sworn as much (cf. 2 Sam 7:13–16).

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).

Scripture Reflection

Today’s Responsorial Psalm declares, “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.” The psalm begins by stating that God’s mercy and truth cannot fail, his promise to the House of David can never become void. Who can compare with God, all powerful in heaven and on earth, kind, just and faithful to his people and to their king? Then the psalmist recalls the promise made to David whereby an everlasting covenant was established and the throne secured. Even if Israel should prove faithless and have to be punished, the promise to David’s House will never be annulled. So we can joyfully proclaim, “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.”

– T. E. Bird, “The Psalms”

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

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