Praying the Bible: Psalm 89:24-34

Praying the Bible is a study and prayer practice developed and shared by Donald Whitney, in his book Praying the Bible. To summarize review daily Psalms as outlined in the book, choose one to pray back to God. Section by section, verse by verse.

 

Praying the Bible: Psalm 89:1-2,24-34 (NKJV)

1 I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.

God I am not sure I can claim this. I don’t think I always sing of your mercies, but I know I should. Please help me to be more bold and speak more often of You and the truth of Your love. You are worthy of our praises, and everyone is in need of Your mercy. Forgive me for the times I haven’t spoken the truth out of fear, or need for acceptance. Give me a boldness and zeal for You.

2 For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever;
Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”

From the beginning of time You have shown Your mercy, casting Adam and Eve out when You would have been justified in their death. You showed mercy to the saints who died before Jesus walked the earth. Jesus, Son of God, taking on the cup of our sin – Mercy. God thank You for Your faithfulness. “established in the very heavens” for my simple mind I think of the rain and atmosphere and this world you created for us – it is a testimony to Your faithfulness, providence, and glory.

24 “But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him,
And in My name his horn shall be exalted.

God, thank you. You in all of your power have chosen faith and mercy over wrath. Thank you for choosing us and setting out this plan before time existed.


25 Also I will set his hand over the sea,
And his right hand over the rivers.
26 He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father,
My God, and the rock of my salvation.’

You are my Father, my God, and my salvation. Everyday I am reminded how much I need You, and I am grateful for the patience You have shown as I learned to trust You. I don't always understand why you do or don't do, but I am confident You are good. Your desire is for my healing for Your glory. You alone save.


27 Also I will make him My firstborn,
The highest of the kings of the earth.
28 My mercy I will keep for him forever,
And My covenant shall stand firm with him.
29 His seed also I will make to endure forever,
And his throne as the days of heaven.

Your mercy forever. Your covenant will stand firm. You are true to Your word even when we fail. Generations before You knew. You made a way. Thank you God for your kindness.

30 “If his sons forsake My law
And do not walk in My judgments,
31 If they break My statutes
And do not keep My commandments,
32 Then I will punish their transgression with the rod,
And their iniquity with stripes.

I am guilty God of many sins. We all are, and Your discipline is just. It is frustrating Lord to keep failing. It is disheartening to fall into the same patterns and temptations, but You will correct, You will punish, You will restore because You will not be mocked, and You will not allow Your children to be lost.


33 Nevertheless My loving-kindness I will not utterly take from him, Nor allow My faithfulness to fail.
34 My covenant I will not break,
Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.

What treasure we find in the word of God. Thank you God for Your enduring grace and mercy. You have always known that I would fail, fall short, sin, mess up - however I want to describe it. Thank You God for your unending kindness and mercy - even when I fail You are faithful. Please forgive me God, for the times I was blind, for the times I was deliberate, for my self-centered thoughts and motivations. Forgive me for being less than You created me for. Help me to be more like You, Lord.

Thank You God, thank You for Jesus and the Holy Spirit. For everything You've promised and done. You are worthy of praise and glory.

Amen.

 

 

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