In this Psalm, written by Ethan the Ezrahite, the main emphasis is on God’s faithfulness throughout the generations. The psalm is broken up into five sections that reflect the writer’s thoughts as he expresses the following: 1) his awe and admiration for God’s faithfulness, character and promises (vs. 1-18); 2) an example of God’s faithful promises to King David (vs. 19-29); 3) God’s character as being just and holy and subsequently, the consequences of disobedience of His commands (vs. 30-45); 4) his pleading for God to remember His promises and provide restoration of His great love (vs. 46-51); and finally 5) an affirmation of praise to the Lord (vs. 52).
Throughout the Psalm, the writer continually emphasizes the pervasive nature of God’s faithfulness. God’s faithfulness is so great and so sure that it permeates all generations. Because God is true to His word and His promises, Ethan can proudly boast of God’s character to future generations. He uses God’s faithfulness to King David as a concrete example of this truth.
Ethan is also careful to remind the reader that God is true to His character not only in His faithfulness to His promises but also to the holiness and power of God. The expression of Ethan’s distress and pleading for God’s mercy is important because it reminds us that even during the toughest and most disappointing times in life, we are still free to come before God. This is an important message of hope to those who have been estranged from God and His community. It reminds us that being transparent before God with our faults and shortcomings does not hinder God’s ability to remember His promises to us and most of all His faithfulness to us despite our circumstances. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Dear Lord, make us continually aware of your faithfulness so that we may find it as a source of strength and hope for ourselves and generations to follow.
Thought for the Day
God is faithful; to His character, His promises and most of all His people.
Jaison and Anila, MTC Epiphany , NY