Doctrinally Psalm 89 holds all the key facets of our faith in regards to understanding how we are eternally saved from wickedness, sin, and death. Its placement in the collection of Psalms is like a crescendo, as the last chapter in the stormy waters and fears of this evil world, dealt with in book three, so that we can ease into the calm sheltering protection and security in God, dealt with in book four. The goal of Psalm 89 is to instill confidence in our eventual salvation, even when, outwardly, everything seems opposed to it.
In the first of our four sermons in Psalm 89 we are introduced to God's Mercy for all that is being built in heaven so that all who enter in by faith can one day stand before God without suffering his wrath. We are shown that this over arching plan of God had its start before time and will have its completion at the end of time , just before the final Judgement. We are shown its eternal significance and God's ability and power to conquer the forces opposed to it. We are also shown that all the events of history (even the bad events) are being used to bring as many are willing into it.
A key component of God's historic plan that we deal with in this sermon is "David's Spiritual House" (David's Tabernacle) which will be for all people that God will build through a descendant of David (2 Samuel 7). In this we see how David's house is not the nation of Israel but belongs to a separate promise under a separate covenant than Israel.
We also take special note of the Psalmist's name and meaning, Ethan the Ezrahite, as it relates to this psalm as well.
Preached: January 30, 2019 Wednesday Night. By Pastor John Young, at Edgecliff Baptist Church, Spokane Valley, WA. https://www.facebook.com/EdgecliffCBC
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