THE ROCK OF MY SALVATION
15Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance;
16they exult in your name all day long, and extol your righteousness.
17For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted.
18For our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.
19Then you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, and said: “I have set the crown on one who is mighty, I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him;
21my hand shall always remain with him; my arm also shall strengthen him.
22The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him.
23I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.
24My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him; and in my name his horn shall be exalted.
25I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers.
26He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’
27I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.
28Forever I will keep my steadfast love for him, and my covenant with him will stand firm.
29I will establish his line forever, and his throne as long as the heavens endure.
30If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my ordinances,
31if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments,
32then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with scourges;
33but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, or be false to my faithfulness.
34I will not violate my covenant, or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David.
36His line shall continue forever, and his throne endure before me like the sun.
37It shall be established forever like the moon, an enduring witness in the skies.”
This except from Psalm 89 calls again to the covenant God made with King David. In recalling the depth and breadth of this covenant of God with Israel’s first king, the response of David is even more memorable, as I hear him shout with all his might, “You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!” May that be your praise today as well.
Lord of steadfast love, may the praises we raise be of our whole hearts, minds, and strength. We thank and praise you for your goodness, Eternal Lord, Amen.