Revise :: # Write31Days #5mfw {Day 24}

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“I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips” (Psa 89:34 ESV).

//Has there ever been more comforting words spoken? To think no matter what happens, God will not violate his covenant or revise his words. He will not amend the promises He made to his people.

I hope everyone reads Psalm 89, the Covenant Psalm (according to Charles Spurgeon). It begins with a joyous praise, “I will sing of the LORD’s unfailing love forever!” (Psa 89:1), then immediately jumps into a monologue, flavored with the adoration of and thanksgiving to God. He details many characteristics of God, mentioning His sovereignty over creation (Psa 89:9-11), His power and might (Psa 89:12-13), and His righteousness and justice (Psa 89:14-16) to name a few.

Ethan the Ezrahite then recounts God’s covenant. He lists all of these things God promised David (Psa 89:16-37). After that, he lists his complaints in a manner directly contrasting them to God’s covenant. Just as he detailed the terms of the covenant line by line, he demonstrates ways they seem to be failing, line by line, culminating in the painful entreaty, “Lord, where is your unfailing love?” (Psa 89:49).

He ends with a simple “Praise the Lord forever! Amen and amen!” (Psa89:52).

This particular Psalm breaks the pattern. It begins with praise, exaltation, and acknowledgment of God’s attributes, and then ends with petition and entreaty. But why?

Personally, I think this is a great pattern to follow in times of personal distress. Our earthly hardship can seem unbearable. We feel like God has abandoned us and broken all of his promises. We feel rejected and forsaken, which is exactly where the enemy wants us.//

But if we remember God’s covenant with us; that our sins are forgiven and we have eternal life through the blood of Christ, then it puts our current problems into perspective. Yes, we may feel God has forsaken us, but we know he “will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from [his] lips” (Psa 89:34).

We must always gage what we feel by the scale of what we know.

That is what I think this Psalmist was doing. He was stating the truth, telling himself what God promised to anchor himself. Then he makes his petitions to God. He lays out all of his feelings before his Creator, who knows and sees all. He is saying essentially, I know this is the truth, but I am not seeing it. I don’t feel it. Instead, I feel betrayed. Fix me. I liken it to the prayer of the Father asking for Jesus’s healing touch for his daughter, “I believe, help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

I am participating in Write 31 Days and 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. My free writes are between the slashes (//). Find more of my free writing for this series here.