Where Is Your Love?

Scripture: Psalm 89: 49, ‘O Lord, where is your former great love, which in your faithfulness you swore to David?’

 

Observations: Psalm 89 starts as a song of praise to God (v1-2) for his promises to David (v3-4). There is no god who compares to the Lord (v5-8), for God rules over all the earth (v9-13), and he blesses those who walk in his light (v14-18). And then once again the Psalmist turns to God’s promises to David (v19-29) and how God had said ‘I will maintain my love for him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail. (v28)’ And even if his descendants are unfaithful God says, ‘I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness. (v32-33)’ And yet the Psalmist writes, ‘You have renounced the covenant with your servant and have defiled his crown in the dust. (v39)’ The Psalmist accuses God of breaking the covenant with David that he had promised never to break. The Psalmist asks ‘O Lord, where is your former great love, which in your faithfulness you swore to David?’ If God would love David forever, where is his love? If God would always be faithful, why does he seem unfaithful? The Psalmist confronts God with his promises and the reality that he seems to have broken them.

 

Application: Often our experiences seem to raise questions about God’s goodness and his promises to us. And the Psalmist has no qualms about raising such questions. He reminds God of his promises, and he asks God what he is doing. It’s okay for us to go to God in our confusion and our hurt and ask God to remain faithful to his promises. It’s interesting that even thought the Psalmist doesn’t record an answer from God in this Psalm he still finishes with ‘Praise be to the Lord forever! (v52)’ Even in our questions we need to honour God.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, sometimes You seem distant and I don’t experience Your love, and I don’t see Your hand at work in this world. But I know that Your word says that You work all things out for the good of those who love You and despite all evidence to the contrary I trust Your promises. Even though it seemed You had broken Your covenant with David, David’s greater Son, Jesus, was born, and His Kingdom will never end. Lord, Your promises never fail, Your faithfulness never ends, Your love never ceases. And so I will praise Your name and trust in You no matter what life brings. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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