Study Guide – Psalm 89:1-4



1 I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever!
    Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.
2 Your unfailing love will last forever.
    Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.

3 The Lord said, “I have made a covenant with David, my chosen servant.
    I have sworn this oath to him:
4 ‘I will establish your descendants as kings forever;
    they will sit on your throne from now until eternity.’” NLT


Background: Psalm 89 is a long psalm attributed to Ethan the Ezrahite. Not much is known about Ethan except that he was renowned for his wisdom. Back in his day it was said that Solomon was his only intellectual match (See 1 Kings 4:31).


Look at verses 1-2. What do you think “unfailing love” is?


Who will hear about God’s faithfulness? How? What causes this to happen?


In verses 3-4, what does the “covenant” teach you about the characteristics of God?


::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::

Verse 4 suggests that God’s vow would keep David’s descendants on the throne forever… but this didn’t happen, did it? Who messed up the vow: God or David? If God’s love is unfailing, how could this happen?



Consider how God might give you his unfailing love in the next 24 hours. Then, consider how you could give your unfailing love in the next 24 hours in return. What obstacles might get in your way of receiving and giving unfailing love during that time?


Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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