Written in the Sky

Robby Bradfordadvent, Bible studies, Bible study, Christianity, Christmas, Davidic Covenant, Jesus Christ, Old Testament, prophecy, Sunday themesLeave a Comment

I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever;    with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known    through all generations. 2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever,    that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. 3 You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,    I have sworn to David my servant, 4 ‘I will establish your line forever    and make your throne firm through all generations.’”  –Psalm 89:1-4

Advent, always touches on David because part of Jesus’ coming involves fulfilling promises God had made to David 1000 years before Jesus was born.  Psalm 89 is written as a prayer that mourns of the downfall of the Davidic dynasty and pleads for it to be restored.  In the biblical history of the Jewish people, nothing was as bitter a shock as they experienced when they saw Jerusalem destroyed and the exile of David’s descendent, King Jehoiachin in 597 B.C.

The Psalter wants to remind his audience (and himself) of God’s love and faithfulness–a lovingkindness established in heaven itself.  What he is saying is that just as one can count on the countless billions of stars staying in the same pattern, the sun rising predictably for millennia, the moon keeping it’s rhythm month in and month out since it first began to circle the earth–that’s a sample of God’s trustworthy faithfulness, even in the face of the disappointment of losing the Davidic king.

He has made a promise to David that his throne would be firm forever–that is our promise as well!  Jesus Christ is enthroned forever; a reminder of God’s goodness and steadfast love, even in the most difficult circumstances that make us question our faith in God.  The Son of God is also the son of David, and God our Father is a covenant keeper, a promise-fulfiller.

What are some ways that you are counting on God during this Advent season?

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