v37 Like the moon, it will always be there.
From the sky, it will see everything that happens". *SELAH
What Psalm 89: 19 - 37 means
In this part of the psalm, Ethan remembers the promises that God made to David. He said that all God’s people could see God in a *vision, verse 19. A *vision is *like a dream. They could also hear what God said. He told them that David was to be their king. In those days they made someone king by "*anointing" them. This means "pouring oil over them". They made the oil from *olives, which grew on the trees in Israel. (They still do!) In verse 21 (and verse 13), the hand and arm of God mean the things that he does on the earth. In verse 24 we read about a *horn again. It is a *horn on the head of an animal that makes it look strong. In verse 17, it was the people that God made strong. Here it is David that God makes strong. The hands over the seas and rivers, verse 25, mean that David is strong in these places. Verse 26 tells us that David will call God "My Father". In the *Old Testament, the king thought of God as Father for his people; in the *New Testament, each Christian thinks of God as Father. The "first born son", or oldest son, verse 27, had twice as much from his father as the other sons. "Most high" is also a name for God, but here used for the king. This is a part of the psalm that makes Christians think about Jesus. That is why they have sung it at Christmas for centuries. In verses 32-33, it is not David that God *punishes, but his *descendants.
Psalm 89: 38 - 52
v38 But you have said "no" to your *anointed (king).
You have turned away (from him)
because you have become angry with him.
v39 You have *broken the *covenant with your servant.
You threw his *crown to the ground and made it dirty.
v40 You have broken all the walls (round his city).
You have destroyed all his strong places.
v41 Everyone that goes near him robs him.
Everybody that lives near him laughs at him.
v43 You made the edge of his *sword *blunt
and you have not given him help in war.
v44 You have taken away his authority as king
and you threw his *throne on the ground.
v45 He does not look *like a young man any more.
You have dressed him in *shame. *SELAH
v46 *LORD, how long (will this continue)?
Will you always hide yourself?
Will your great *anger (always) burn like a fire?
v47 Remember that my life is so short!
Have you *created people for no reason?
v48 What man can live and not die?
Who can save himself from the power of *Sheol (death)?
v49 *Lord, where is the kind love (that you gave us) in past times?
Where are the special promises that you made to David?
v50 Remember, *Lord, that people have *scorned your servant.
Many countries have said bad things to me.
v51 *LORD, your enemies laugh at the king that you have chosen.
They *scorn him everywhere he goes.
v52 Always *praise the *LORD! *Amen and *amen!
What Psalm 89: 38 - 52 means
In the first 18 verses, the *psalmist tells us how great God is. In verses 19-37, he tells us what God promised to David. Now, in verses 38-45, he tells us that God has not done what he promised. In verses 46-51, he prays that God will do something. (Verse 52 is not part of the psalm. It finishes Book 3 of The Psalms.) The servant in verses 39 and 50 is the king. Some Bible students think that the king speaks in verses 50-51. The psalm does not answer the problem. There is no answer until Jesus came to earth. Remember ... Jesus was a *descendant of David!