by Joel Bascom
Life can be tough for a 17-year-old who isn’t interested in dating. While I wanted the companionship of a girlfriend, I was practical. I didn’t figure a high school relationship would last long term. So, while I dealt with all the normal emotions and hormones of a 17-year-old, I felt it best not to pursue a relationship. If someone had told me when I was 17 that I would meet my future wife in another 3 years, I’m sure it would have helped ease the loneliness a bit. But as it was, I had to be patient, and hope for the best, knowing God knew what was best for me. Often times things seem a whole lot easier in hindsight.
When we spoke about Psalm 89 last weekend, I was confronted with a truth sort of like the truth I wrestled with at 17. The Psalmist sees that the Davidic kingdom is in shambles, and he wonders whether or not God has forgotten his covenant with his servant David. Things are so bad that the Psalmist speaks of God even spurning his covenant. From our point of view, we have an advantage that the Psalmist didn’t have. We can see now that God did keep his promise, but the Psalmist probably could not have imagined how God would keep his promise. Could the Psalmist have imagined that God would come incarnate as a physical son of David? Would the Psalmist have been able to predict that the liberation that this Son of David would bring would be even deeper than a national liberation? God’s plan is sometimes different and far greater than we can possibly see. The covenant loyalty that the Psalmist is doubting in Psalm 89 is indeed maintained in Christ, and God is big enough to handle the questioning that the Psalmist brings.
As we look at Psalm 95 this coming weekend, we will again take a look at the relationship God has to his people. Psalm 95 contains a warning that the people follow God. It is a unique call to worship and repentance, and it still speaks to us today. I hope you will join me during the second service to look at this wonderful Psalm.