God’s Covenant of Mercy

Meditating on Psalm 89.

 I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever;
Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.” (Psalm 89:1-2)

Psalm 89 speaks of God’s covenant to David and then proceeds to declare His sovereignty, mighty power, majesty, wondrous deeds, mercy, truth, and faithfulness. God promised to David, “My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him…(v. 24). My mercy I will keep for him forever, and My covenant shall stand firm with him (v. 28).”

Reading these words reminds me of the hard days when I was bound in bed, sick and suffering. Just going through the day was tough; there was no relief, every moment breathed an anguished sigh and a hope and a prayer, much like Job had experienced. And in the midst of those days, I read Is. 54. What great promises! I held on to them like my bright shining hope, but at the same time, I doubted and hungered, sorrowed and agonized – how I wanted to receive those promises!

With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.

For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you. (Is. 54:8, 10, emphasis added)

Now I read Psalm 89 and see that it is similar to God’s covenant of mercy and peace to Israel in Isaiah 54, and I know, that while I held on to His promise of an everlasting kindness to His people, that promise was for me, too! I am not of the seed of David to whom He promised that his seed will He make to endure forever (v. 29), but through David’s seed, the Lord Jesus Christ, I received the Spirit of adoption whereby I cry, “Abba, Father” (Rom. 8:15). God’s covenant to David has trickled down to me, because of his Seed who endures and lives forever – my Savior and Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ!

He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father,
My God, and the rock of my salvation.’ (v. 26)

I have received God’s covenant of His everlasting mercy, for all His promises in the Lord Jesus “are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Cor. 1:20).

Psalm 89 and Isaiah 54 are both beautiful, exalting the majesty of God and bringing bright shining hope and abounding peace and encouragement. These promises are for us and we receive them through our Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the Lord forevermore! Amen and Amen (v. 52).

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