A Song About God’s Loyalty
A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
1I will always sing about the Lord’s love;
I will tell of his loyalty from now on.
2I will say, “Your love continues forever;
your loyalty goes on and on like the sky.”
3You said, “I made an agreement with the man of my choice;
I made a promise to my servant David.
4I told him, ‘I will make your family continue forever.
Your kingdom will go on and on.’ ”Selah
5Lord, the heavens praise you for your miracles
and for your loyalty in the meeting of your holy ones.
6Who in heaven is equal to the Lord?
None of the angels is like the Lord.
7When the holy ones meet, it is God they fear.
He is more frightening than all who surround him.
8Lord God All-Powerful, who is like you?
Lord, you are powerful and completely trustworthy.
9You rule the mighty sea
and calm the stormy waves.
10You crushed the sea monster Rahab;
by your power you scattered your enemies.
11The skies and the earth belong to you.
You made the world and everything in it.
12You created the north and the south.
Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon sing for joy at your name.
13Your arm has great power.
Your hand is strong; your right hand is lifted up.
14Your kingdom is built on what is right and fair.
Love and truth are in all you do.
15Happy are the people who know how to praise you.
Lord, let them live in the light of your presence.
16In your name they rejoice
and continually praise your goodness.
17You are their glorious strength,
and in your kindness you honor our king.
18Our king, our shield, belongs to the Lord,
to the Holy One of Israel.
19Once, in a vision, you spoke
to those who worship you.
You said, “I have given strength to a warrior;
I have raised up a young man from my people.
20I have found my servant David;
I appointed him by pouring holy oil on him.
21I will steady him with my hand
and strengthen him with my arm.
22No enemy will make him give forced payments,
and wicked people will not defeat him.
23I will crush his enemies in front of him;
I will defeat those who hate him.
24My loyalty and love will be with him.
Through me he will be strong.
25I will give him power over the sea
and control over the rivers.
26He will say to me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my Savior.’
27I will make him my firstborn son,
the greatest king on earth.
28My love will watch over him forever,
and my agreement with him will never end.
29I will make his family continue,
and his kingdom will last as long as the skies.
30“If his descendants reject my teachings
and do not follow my laws,
31if they ignore my demands
and disobey my commands,
32then I will punish their sins with a rod
and their wrongs with a whip.
33But I will not hold back my love from David,
nor will I stop being loyal.
34I will not break my agreement
nor change what I have said.
35I have promised by my holiness,
I will not lie to David.
36His family will go on forever.
His kingdom will last before me like the sun.
37It will continue forever, like the moon,
like a dependable witness in the sky.”Selah
38But now you have refused and rejected your appointed king.
You have been angry with him.
39You have abandoned the agreement with your servant
and thrown his crown to the ground.
40You have torn down all his city walls;
you have turned his strong cities into ruins.
41Everyone who passes by steals from him.
His neighbors insult him.
42You have given strength to his enemies
and have made them all happy.
43You have made his sword useless;
you did not help him stand in battle.
44You have kept him from winning
and have thrown his throne to the ground.
45You have cut his life short
and covered him with shame.Selah
46Lord, how long will this go on?
Will you ignore us forever?
How long will your anger burn like a fire?
47Remember how short my life is.
Why did you create us? For nothing?
48What person alive will not die?
Who can escape the grave?Selah
49Lord, where is your love from times past,
which in your loyalty you promised to David?
50Lord, remember how they insulted your servant;
remember how I have suffered the insults of the nations.
51Lord, remember how your enemies insulted you
and how they insulted your appointed king wherever he went.
52Praise the Lord forever!
Amen and amen.