Thought to Guide Your ReadingGod's Promises never fail.
Psalm 89Ethan writes how he will never stop speaking of God's faithfulness. God will be with David forever. Ethan repeats what God did for Israel from the beginning in the Exodus. However, if Israel sinned against God, He would punish them. However, God would never wipe out His Promise. Israel sinned against God. Because of this they are now punished, a byword among their neighbors. But the Promise remains.
Psalm 96Sing praises to God for God is great! Everyone praises God as they would a world-famous musician. Let the entire creation give loud ovations to the God who sets things right!
Psalm 100Praise God because He is our God and has made us His Chosen People!
Psalm 101David writes his theme to God—love and justice. He will not do evil and will not stand for anyone to do evil in his employment. He will purge God's city of evil.
Psalm 105Thank God by telling everyone you meet what He has done! Remember to watch for more things God has done. He is the one in charge of the whole world. He called Jacob and made him who He is. He took Joseph from prison to the top in Egypt. He brought the ten plagues and helped Israel leave Egypt. God has done all of these things for His Chosen People so they could obey Him! Hallelujah!
Psalm 132Remember, God, what David has done for you—built a place for you to dwell. We all want to go and honor you at your place. So God gave David a perpetual throne. God has chosen Zion for His place on earth. And God promised to make David's enemies low.
How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right
Ethan never stops telling others how faithful God is.Ethan traces Israel's story back to Egypt. He then shows how David is given a special promise. Ethan knows God is great because of God's blessing upon David. However, what is important to read in this psalm is that although it mentions God's promise to David, Ethan is writing much later. Ethan could be a man who is in exile writing a psalm about how wonderful God is. And that makes this psalm even more wonderful. God's Chosen People should never stop telling others how faithful our God is—even when we have been punished by God.
All of creation shows the supremacy of God.Psalm 96 helps to reiterate how God's wonder, majesty, and power are greater than any other god. The other gods may claim to control parts of the world but none of them can claim to have created the world single-handedly. On top of that, He gave creation the ability to choose to honor Him. The animals honor God and the whole world praises God. So should humans! Join in the shout, "Bravo, God! Your creation is magnificent!"
We are God's people.How wonderful to be able to make the claim that the God who created the entire world, the entire universe has called us to be His Chosen People! We are God's people!
David is very prejudiced against those who do not set things right.David has learned from Saul's mistakes. David knows that Saul's corrupt heart was made worse by the people who were around him. So David has decided not to even shake their hands. Be very prejudiced against those who would not set things right!
God's Promises never fail.They last for at least a thousand generations.
Israel wanted to worship God at His Footstool—the Tabernacle.For a people who have had a rocky relationship with God, worshipping at God's Footstool would be a dangerous place to be. It requires holiness and purity. However, it is better to dwell with God outside His House or be His footstool than to have a place of honor at Evil's mansion.
Today, we should worship with God's temple—the body, or the church (people). The Temple of God is no longer in a certain location, a certain geographic area on Earth. His Temple is now inside us—the ones who obey Him! Let's worship God has His footstool—the church!
How have you seen God's promises last for thousand generations?
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