I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.
Today’s psalm invites us to reflect on an Advent theme I rarely ponder– the coming Davidic king-messiah. For the Israelites, to recall King David was to visit a past characterized by peace, security, and pride (at least that was the popular, sanitized, preferred memory.) The era of David represented the best of what the nation could be; it was a time of shalom for the people under the guidance of wise, strong leaders.
As Advent draws to a close, Psalm 89 challenges us with an obscure but ancient icon of whom we’re welcoming anew into our lives tonight: a king – powerful, wise, just, ordained by God to lead, to guard, to rule, to guide. This king is a paradox – born in humility, defenseless, quiet, yet the great Promise made to all generations. I invite you to take a moment tonight to ask this child-king what he wants of you. What is the sacred task you are called to do in the unfurling of his kingdom on earth?
~ Brian Pinter