“I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.” Psalm 89:32-33
The subtitle regarding this Psalm is as follows: “A Psalm for Ethan the Ezrahite to give instruction.” In this writing Ethan speaks of the power, love and mercy of God and of David, with whom the Lord made a covenant*. The above two verses refer to the sons of King David. Christians can learn something very valuable about the character of God here. Notice that while God punishes their sin He only uses a rod rather than an axe or sword. They would receive a flogging and not a scourging**. Out of His great love and mercy, Almighty God punished not to break down ones will, but rather to chastise and instruct. Each of our actions and/or reactions give birth to consequences. God’s chastisement would more than likely come in the form of the consequences that our mistake brings about.
We all make mistakes in judgment. What we must understand is that we can come back from such events and thrive once again in the Lord. The Lord’s love and mercy will never fade, however, our misdeeds must be dealt with swiftly. Without chastisement we could become confused regarding that which pleases or displeases our Lord. If everything always went perfectly well, how would we learn to deal with adversity?
Our faith and trust in God must give way to godly actions knowing that His love will never be taken away from us. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” [2 Timothy 2:13 (NKJV)] Therefore, God cannot betray His own faithfulness to His creation. Avoid sin by staying close to the Lord. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: American Heritage Dictionary; Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary.
* You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant, ‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.’” [Psalm 89:3-4]
** Flogging – to beat severely with a rod or a whip; scourging – a many talon whip, which had pieces of broken, jagged bone or metal; it was a means of inflicting devastating suffering. Flogging caused bruises, scourging lacerated ones flesh.