A maskil from Ethan the Ezrahite.
1I will sing forever about the Lord’s love.
I will sing about his faithfulness forever and ever!
2I will say, “Your faithful love will last forever.
Your loyalty is like the sky—there is no end to it!”
3You said, “I made an agreement with my chosen king.
I made this promise to my servant David:
4‘There will always be someone from your family to rule.
I will make your kingdom continue forever and ever.’” Selah
5Lord, the heavens praise you for the amazing things you do.
The assembly of holy ones sings about your loyalty.
6No one in heaven is equal to the Lord.
None of the “gods” can compare to the Lord.
7When God’s holy ones—the angels around his throne—meet together,
they fear and respect him;
he is more awesome than all those around him.
8Lord God All-Powerful, there is no one like you.
You are strong, Lord, and always faithful.
9You rule the stormy sea.
You can calm its angry waves.
10You defeated Rahab.
You scattered your enemies with your own powerful arm.
11Everything in heaven and earth belongs to you.
You made the world and everything in it.
12You created everything north and south.
Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon sing praises to your name.
13You have the power!
Your power is great!
Victory is yours!
14Your kingdom is built on truth and justice.
Love and faithfulness are servants before your throne.
15Lord, your loyal followers are happy.
They live in the light of your kindness.
16Your name always makes them happy.
They praise your goodness.
17You are their amazing strength.
Their power comes from you.
18The king, our protector, belongs to the Lord,
who is the Holy One of Israel.
19Lord, you once spoke in a vision to your followers:
“I have made a young soldier strong.
From among my people I chose him for an important position.
20I have found my servant David
and anointed him as king with my special oil.
21I will support him with my right hand,
and my arm will make him strong.
22So no enemy will ever control him.
The wicked will never defeat him.
23I will destroy his enemies before his eyes.
I will defeat those who hate him.
24I will always love and support him.
I will always make him strong.
25I will put him in charge of the sea.
He will control the rivers.
26He will say to me, ‘You are my father.
You are my God, my Rock, my Savior.’
27And I will make him my firstborn son.
He will be the great king on earth.
28My love will protect him forever.
My agreement with him will never end.
29I will make his family continue forever.
His kingdom will last as long as the skies.
30If his descendants stop following my law
and stop obeying my commands,
31if they break my laws
and ignore my commands,
32I will punish them severely
for their sins and wrongs.
33But I will never take my love from him.
I will never stop being loyal to him.
34I will not break my agreement with David.
I will never change what I said.
35By my holiness, I made a promise to him,
and I would not lie to David.
36His family will continue forever.
His kingdom will last as long as the sun.
37Like the moon, it will continue forever.
The sky is a witness to the agreement that can be trusted.” Selah
38But now, Lord, you have become angry with your chosen king,#89:38 chosen king Literally, “anointed one.”
and you have left him all alone.
39You ended the agreement you made with your servant.
You threw the king’s crown into the dirt.
40You pulled down the walls of his city.
You destroyed all his fortresses.
41Everyone passing by steals from him.
His neighbors laugh at him.
42You made all the king’s enemies happy
and let his enemies win the war.
43You helped them defend themselves.
You did not help your king win the battle.
44You did not let him win.
You threw his throne to the ground.
45You cut his life short.
You shamed him. Selah
46Lord, how long will this continue?
Will you ignore us forever?
Will your anger burn like a fire forever?
47Remember how short my life is.
You created us to live a short life and then die.
48Is there anyone alive who will never die?
Will anyone escape the grave? Selah
49Lord, where is the love you showed in the past?
You promised David that you would be loyal to his family.
50-51My Lord, please remember how people insulted your servant.
Lord, I had to listen to all the insults from your enemies.
They insulted your chosen king wherever he went.
52Praise the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen!