Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
We are living in scary times. As I write my thoughts, it is fall and the world banking markets are in turmoil. Some say we are in a recession. Others say we are not, but one is inevitable. Pundits compare our time with the Great Depression.
As I read Psalm 89, I see history being repeated. The writer of this song is worried. Times are bad because it appears God has honored his part of the covenant. This promise, a pledge to David, that “everyone descending from you is guaranteed life” and the promise of a continuous line of Kings from David’s family seemed to have been broken. The army from Babylon had beaten the Jewish army and taken the Jewish king away and replaced him with King Nebuchadnezzer, from Babylon. How could this be? God did you walk off and leave us? Our foes won. Where is your steadfast love? What about the promise.
The writer believes in the faithfulness of God and is trying to reconcile his understanding of God with what is happening in his world.
Reading this in the 21st century, we know that God was indeed true to his promise. He sent Jesus, a continuation of David’s line and a continuation of the message of God’s love and faithfulness. By this gift we are reminded that God keeps promises. God has a plan that we may not be able to see or understand, but the love continues and the promises are kept.
Our faith in God’s promise can see us through hard times. Love is the only thing that lasts, and each of us has the power to choose to love. How wonderful that we choose to celebrate this love at Christmas.