An Ethan Prayer 89 1Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it! I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are. 2I’ll never quit telling the story of your love— how you built the cosmos and guaranteed everything in it. Your love has always been our lives’ foundation, your fidelity has been the roof over our world. 3You once said, “I joined forces with my chosen leader, I pledged my word to my servant, David, saying, 4‘Everyone descending from you is guaranteed life; I’ll make your rule as solid and lasting as rock.’ ” 5God! Let the cosmos praise your wonderful ways, the choir of holy angels sing anthems to your faithful ways! 6Search high and low, scan skies and land, you’ll find nothing and no one quite like God. 7The holy angels are in awe before him; he looms immense and august over everyone around him. 8God–of–the–Angel–Armies, who is like you, powerful and faithful from every angle? 9You put the arrogant ocean in its place and calm its waves when they turn unruly. 10You gave that old hag Egypt the back of your hand, you brushed off your enemies with a flick of your wrist. 11You own the cosmos—you made everything in it, everything from atom to archangel. 12You positioned the North and South Poles; the mountains Tabor and Hermon sing duets to you. 13With your well–muscled arm and your grip of steel— nobody trifles with you! 14The Right and Justice are the roots of your rule; Love and Truth are its fruits. 15Blessed are the people who know the passwords of praise, who shout on parade in the bright presence of God. 16Delighted, they dance all day long; they know who you are, what you do—they can’t keep it quiet! 17Your vibrant beauty has gotten inside us— you’ve been so good to us! We’re walking on air! 18All we are and have we owe to God, Holy God of Israel, our King! 19A long time ago you spoke in a vision, you spoke to your faithful beloved: “I’ve crowned a hero, I chose the best I could find; 20I found David, my servant, poured holy oil on his head, 21And I’ll keep my hand steadily on him, yes, I’ll stick with him through thick and thin. 22No enemy will get the best of him, no scoundrel will do him in. 23I’ll weed out all who oppose him, I’ll clean out all who hate him. 24I’m with him for good and I’ll love him forever; I’ve set him on high—he’s riding high! 25I’ve put Ocean in his one hand, River in the other; 26he’ll call out, ‘Oh, my Father—my God, my Rock of Salvation!’ 27Yes, I’m setting him apart as the First of the royal line, High King over all of earth’s kings. 28I’ll preserve him eternally in my love, I’ll faithfully do all I so solemnly promised. 29I’ll guarantee his family tree and underwrite his rule. 30If his children refuse to do what I tell them, if they refuse to walk in the way I show them, 31If they spit on the directions I give them and tear up the rules I post for them 32—I’ll rub their faces in the dirt of their rebellion and make them face the music. 33But I’ll never throw them out, never abandon or disown them. 34Do you think I’d withdraw my holy promise? or take back words I’d already spoken? 35I’ve given my word, my whole and holy word; do you think I would lie to David? 36His family tree is here for good, his sovereignty as sure as the sun, 37Dependable as the phases of the moon, inescapable as weather.” 38But God, you did walk off and leave us, you lost your temper with the one you anointed. 39You tore up the promise you made to your servant, you stomped his crown in the mud. 40You blasted his home to kingdom come, reduced his city to a pile of rubble 41Picked clean by wayfaring strangers, a joke to all the neighbors. 42You declared a holiday for all his enemies, and they’re celebrating for all they’re worth. 43Angry, you opposed him in battle, refused to fight on his side; 44You robbed him of his splendor, humiliated this warrior, ground his kingly honor in the dirt. 45You took the best years of his life and left him an impotent, ruined husk. 46How long do we put up with this, God? Are you gone for good? Will you hold this grudge forever? 47Remember my sorrow and how short life is. Did you create men and women for nothing but this? 48We’ll see death soon enough. Everyone does. And there’s no back door out of hell. 49So where is the love you’re so famous for, Lord? What happened to your promise to David? 50Take a good look at your servant, dear Lord; I’m the butt of the jokes of all nations, 51The taunting jokes of your enemies, God, as they dog the steps of your dear anointed. 52Blessed be God forever and always! Yes. Oh, yes.
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