“He has made an everlasting covenant with me, ordered in all things and secure. For this is all my salvation and all my desire.” 2 Samuel 23:5
“I have made a covenant with My chosen.” Psalm 89:3
This was David’s plea and confidence when, with eternity fully before him, he was just going to make his appearance before an infinitely pure God. This must be our plea also, if ever we would obtain the approbation of our Judge. After a life of the most eminent holiness, the best of men will have reason to cry out, “Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, O Lord!”
It is true, indeed, the believer will discover some evidences of grace, evincing his filial relation to God — but all so imperfect that he dares not ground his expectations on them. Here the covenant of grace steps into his relief, wherein he sees ample provision made for the security of his eternal interest. For the covenant is made with Christ and His seed. It is an everlasting covenant, not only made before time — but extending its beneficial effects through the ages of eternity.
It is ordered “in all things” — therefore nothing can be lacking in it, either to promote the glory of God or the salvation of believers.
It is also “sure,” depending on no conditions, requiring nothing but what it gives, conferring its blessings freely, and making them sure to all the seed, being established upon better promises. Happy souls, who are interested in this well-ordered covenant! May it be all my salvation, and all my desire.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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