Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face, who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted. For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted.
~ Psalm 89:15-17 ~
Whatever Ethan the Ezrahite (the psalm’s author as stated in the superscription) and his original audience would have heard in these words, for Christians the eternal establishment of the Davidic covenant is accomplished with the coming of Christ. The angel Gabriel’s annunciation to Mary expresses this very idea: “the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:32b-33). Thus when we as Christians read this psalm in worship, we are proclaiming the faithfulness and steadfast love of God as expressed ultimately in Jesus Christ.
~ Scott Shauf – Commentary on Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 – Working Preacher
All of us are pessimistic by nature. We may always see the glass as half-empty – at least half, maybe even more empty. We may view areas in our lives that have greater needs a bit too easily than we see how God has met them. Despite knowing how God has blessed us, of course, we just do not dwell on those blessings. We prefer to dwell on what is lacking in our lives and do not find contentment or happiness.
Is pessimism a sin? For me, I have come to consider it one of my natural traits of human nature. A rather deeply spiritual problem rather than a personality trait. And it is quite a problem because it fails to acknowledge my Heavenly Father’s goodness as often as it ought to be acknowledged. It appears to be the root of the same sin of complaining that so angered God about the Israelites in the wilderness. The sin of murmuring and mumblings. Perceiving life as unfair, unjust, and lacking of equality.
This psalm provides wisdom to change my attitudes. It shows the way out of the wilderness of misery and discontentment. Instead of affirming my areas of need, it turns my focus to those blessings I’ve already received. It tells me to acclaim Him, to verbally acknowledge who He is. When I do, His presence becomes a greater reality to me – greater than it once was, and greater than all of the sources of my dissatisfaction. Those who learn to acclaim Him learn the reality of the God of all sufficiency. In short, I become joyful and blessed.
Instead of being caught in a downward cycle of disappointment – turn, instead, to an upward sense of blessing. When I focus o unmet needs, I lose sight of God’s goodness and I am unprepared to receive more of it. When I focus more on my blessings, not only do I feel more content, I actually receive more, and He is happy to provide. I need to faithfully acknowledge who my Heavenly Father is and that is through a spiritual discipline of mindfulness.
Are you presently experiencing discontentment where your focus is on what is lacking in your life? Have you discounted the many blessings our Heavenly Father has already provided? Are you wanting to be blessed today?
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