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A Covenant of Praise!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

I Chronicles 16:14-18

"He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, the word He commanded for a thousand generations, the covenant He made with Abraham, the oath He swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit."

Today's Scripture is a Psalm of David found in the book of I Chronicles. It was written by David in honor of the return of the Ark of God. It had been brought to Jerusalem and into the tent that David had prepared for it. Of all the people in the Bible, David stands above all others in the area of praise.

From his youth it seems that he was captivated by the awesome nature of God, and expressed it in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. What a guy! Too often we read words of praise and are caught up in the adulation of the moment, but fail to see depth of meaning being expressed.

The concept of Covenant is a fantastic reality. It is expressed and confirmed in the presence of death. When two people made a covenant an animal was killed. Between God and Abraham, it was animals which had been halved, but it was unique in that God alone passed between the pieces. The covenant between God and man required the body of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was sacrificed in our behalf.

Men may deny the existence of God---they may ignore or reject God---but God is still supreme. We read in today's Scripture that God's judgments are in all the earth. What that tells me is that man may deny Him, but God is and always will be, the Blessed Controller of All Things!

It is impossible for us to fully understand the reality of God's covenant. God has never broken a covenant, nor will He ever break His covenant with man. His covenant has both promises and consequences. It seems impossible that rational people would fail to recognize that rejecting God will result in such horrible judgment. Thats reality! But His Word is true.

How does this apply to us? Probably many things---but certainly it teaches that we cannot work out our own salvation. There is absolutely no possible way that we can do enough good things or obey enough commands to be righteous in God's sight. It is His work. We either accept it or continue on in our rejection of a completed work.

David must have seen through the eyes of faith that one day, almost 1,000 years in the future, Jesus, the promised Messiah, would be born. This precious Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world and would be of his house and lineage.

As we read what David penned under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, it is vital that we understand that God's covenant applies to us. We have been grafted into the branch. His promises of His love and provision are our constant hope and assurance. May we walk in confident expectation! Praise Him for His covenant of love!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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