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Faithful to His covenant

May 29, 2018

Psalm 103 offers an exuberant psalm of praise to God for who He is and all He has done. The Verse of the Day comes from Psalm 103: 17-18 in the New Living Translation:

But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!

This passage makes known that God, our faithful Father, is a “covenant keeper” to those with whom He is in covenant relation. In thinking about covenant relationships, an account involving David also came to mind. In his 9:6ascent to be King of Israel, David developed a close with relationship with Jonathan, the son of Saul, the first king of Israel, whom David replaced. Jonathan died in the ensuing war with Israel, leaving a son, Mephibosheth, who was critically injured as a child when his caregiver fell as she was carrying the child in fleeing from an attack from the men supporting King David. Years later, David encountered Mephibosheth, who would have been considered among the spoils of war belonging to the conquering King. Because of David’s covenant relationship with Jonathan, the father of the young man, this is how he responds

2 Samuel 9:6-7

Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold your servant!

And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore you all the land of Saul your father; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.

A teaching based on this moving account was the inspiration behind this poetic commentary:

The Power of Covenant

 

When covenant relationships are re-established,

you enter into a place of safety and kindness.

Apostle Eric L. Warren

 

To redeem, restore and then supersede is God’s plan:
To see His faithfulness, examine this account:
God’s favor extended beyond any earthly amount
That can be measured or assessed by the mind of man:
Mephibosheth displays the power of covenant
To children’s children, to countless generations–
First to Israel, then extended to all nations,
God’s loving kindness above and beyond abundant.
Covenants demonstrate the faithfulness of God.
Spiritual covenants supplant natural relationships,
Beyond the authority of all earthly kingships,
For we know that in truth, “Spirit is thicker than blood.”
From LoDebar--barren place of nothingness–
He takes us to abide in safety and loving kindness.

The lyrics to this song also reinforce the message

By a covenant of peace forever,
He has promised He will never, never leave us.
By a covenant of peace,
His love will never cease;
His favor will not end, but only increase.
By a covenant of peace forever.

We close with a musical rendering of Psalm 103 by Zach Jones

Power of covenant

October 17, 2016

psalm-25-14

Verse of the Day for October 17, 2016 comes from Psalm 25:14-15 in the New Living Testament:

The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.

The passage is rendered this way in the Amplified Bible

Psalm 25:14-15:

The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net.

The reference to “He teaches them his covenant” brings to mind an account whereby David extends a covenant of grace to the descendant of someone with whom David had previously established a covenant, his beloved friend, Jonathan. Here we find Mephibosheth, the only remaining descendent of Saul, whom David replaced as King of Israel. David’s response to the crippled son of his friend occurred in a place called LoDebar, recorded in 2 Samuel 9:6-7.

His name was Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson. When he came to David, he bowed low to the ground in deep respect. David said, “Greetings, Mephibosheth.”

Mephibosheth replied, “I am your servant.”

“Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!”

The following poem refers to this account and speaks of

 The Power of Covenant

When covenant relationships are re-established,

you enter into a place of safety and kindness.

Apostle Eric L. Warren

 

To redeem, restore and then supersede is God’s plan:

To see His faithfulness, examine this account:

God’s favor extended beyond any earthly amount

That can be measured or assessed by the mind of man:

Mephibosheth displays the power of covenant

To children’s children, to countless generations–

First to Israel, then extended to all nations,

God’s loving kindness above and beyond abundant.

Covenants demonstrate the faithfulness of God.

Spiritual covenants supplant natural relationships,

Beyond the authority of all earthly kingships,

For we know that in truth, “Spirit is thicker than blood.”

From LoDebar–barren place of nothingness–

He takes us to abide in safety and loving kindness.

We seal our blog entry for today with “Covenant Song” by Caedmon’s Call: