Ps 89:1
89:1 <> I will {a} sing of the
     mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make
     known thy faithfulness to all generations.

     (a) Though the horrible confusion of things might cause
         them to despair of God's favour, yet the manifold
         examples of his mercies cause them to trust in God
         though to man's judgment they saw no reason to.

Ps 89:2
89:2 For I have {b} said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy
     faithfulness shalt thou {c} establish in the very heavens.

     (b) As he who surely believed in heart.
     (c) As your invisible heaven is not subject to any
         alteration and change: so shall the truth of your
         promise be unchangeable.

Ps 89:3
89:3 {d} I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn
     unto David my servant,

     (d) The prophet shows what the promise of God was, on which
         he grounded his faith.

Ps 89:5
89:5 And the {e} heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy
     faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

     (e) The angels will praise your power and faithfulness in
         delivering your Church.

Ps 89:6
89:6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? [who]
     among the {g} sons of the mighty can be likened unto the

     (g) Meaning, the angels.

Ps 89:7
89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the {h}
     saints, and to be had in reverence of all [them that are]
     about him.

     (h) If the angels tremble before God's majesty and infinite
         justice, what earthly creature by oppressing the Church
         dares to set himself against God?

Ps 89:9
89:9 {i} Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves
     thereof arise, thou stillest them.

     (i) For as he delivered the Church by the Red sea, and by
         destroying Rahab, that is, the Egyptians, so will he
         deliver it, when the dangers are great.

Ps 89:12
89:12 The north and the south thou hast created them: {k} Tabor
      and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.

      (k) Tabor is a mountain west from Jerusalem, and Hermon to
          the East, so the prophet signifies that all parts and
          places of the world will obey God's power for the
          deliverance of his Church.

Ps 89:14
89:14 {l} Justice and judgment [are] the habitation of thy
      throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

      (l) For by this he judges the world and shows himself to
          be a merciful father and faithful protector to his.

Ps 89:15
89:15 Blessed [is] the people that {m} know the joyful sound:
      they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy {n}

      (m) Feeling in their conscience that God is their father.
      (n) They will be preserved by your fatherly providence.

Ps 89:17
89:17 For thou [art] the {o} glory of their strength: and in thy
      favour our horn shall be exalted.

      (o) In that they are preserved and continue, they should
          give the praise and glory to you alone.

Ps 89:18
89:18 For the LORD [is] our {p} defence; and the Holy One of
      Israel [is] our king.

      (p) In that our King has power to defend us, it is the
          gift of God.

Ps 89:19
89:19 Then thou spakest in vision to {q} thy holy one, and
      saidst, I have laid help upon [one that is] {r} mighty; I
      have exalted [one] chosen out of the people.

      (q) To Samuel and to others, to assure that David was the
          chosen one.
      (r) Whom I have both chosen and given strength to execute
          his office, as in @Ps 89:21.

Ps 89:23
89:23 And I will {s} beat down his foes before his face, and
      plague them that hate him.

      (s) Though there will always be enemies against God's
          kingdom yet he promises to overcome them.

Ps 89:24
89:24 But my faithfulness and my {t} mercy [shall be] with him:
      and in my name shall his {u} horn be exalted.

      (t) I will mercifully perform my promise to him despite
          his infirmities and offences.
      (u) His power, glory and estate.

Ps 89:25
89:25 I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in
      the {x} rivers.

      (x) He will enjoy the land around him.

Ps 89:26
89:26 He shall cry unto me, Thou [art] my {y} father, my God,
      and the rock of my salvation.

      (y) His excellent dignity will appear in this, that he
          will be named the son of God and the firstborn in
          which he is a figure of Christ.

Ps 89:29
89:29 His seed also will I make [to endure] {z} for ever, and
      his throne as the days of heaven.

      (z) Though for the sins of the people the state of the
          kingdom decayed, yet God reserved still a root till he
          had accomplished this promise in Christ.

Ps 89:33
89:33 {a} Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take
      from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.

      (a) Though the faithful answer not in all points to their
          profession, yet God will not break his covenant with

Ps 89:34
89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor {b} alter the thing that
      is gone out of my lips.

      (b) For God in promising has respect to his mercy, and not
          to man's power in performing.

Ps 89:37
89:37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and [as] a
      faithful {c} witness in heaven. Selah.

      (c) As long as the Sun and Moon endure, they will be
          witnesses to me of this promise.

Ps 89:39
89:39 Thou hast {d} made void the covenant of thy servant: thou
      hast profaned his {e} crown [by casting it] to the ground.

      (d) Because of the horrible confusion of things, the
          prophet complains to God, as though he did not see
          the performance of his promise and thus discharging
          his cares on God, he resists doubt and impatience.
      (e) By this he means the horrible dissipation and tearing
          of the kingdom which was under Jeroboam, or else by
          the Spirit of prophecy Ethan speaks of those great
          miseries which came to pass soon after at the
          captivity of Babylon.

Ps 89:45
89:45 The days of his {f} youth hast thou shortened: thou hast
      covered him with shame. Selah.

      (f) He shows that the kingdom fell before it came to
          perfection or was ripe.

Ps 89:46
89:46 How long, {g} LORD?  wilt thou hide thyself for ever?
      shall thy wrath burn like fire?

      (g) The prophet in joining prayer with his complaint,
          shows that his faith never failed.

Ps 89:47
89:47 Remember {h} how short my time is: wherefore hast thou
      made all men in vain?

      (h) Seeing man's life is short, and you have created man
          to bestow your benefits on him, unless you hasten to
          help, death will prevent you.

Ps 89:50
89:50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; [how] I do
      bear in my {i} bosom [the reproach of] all the mighty

      (i) He means that God's enemies not only slandered him
          behind his back, but also mocked him to his face and
          as it were cast their injuries in his bosom.

Ps 89:51
89:51 Wherewith {k} thine enemies have reproached, O LORD;
      wherewith they have reproached the {l} footsteps of thine

      (k) So he calls them who persecute the Church.
      (l) They laugh at us who patiently wait for the coming of
          your Christ.

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