30 Nov Delight in His Covenant
Last Sunday, Pastor Jason closed our series through Daniel with a message from chapter 12. We considered the ultimate deliverance of God’s people: our coming resurrection and how this motivates us to live faithfully as people of hope in this dying world. More specifically, hope in the resurrection brings courage to face trouble and death, freedom from anxious speculation and worldly confidence, and perseverance till the end.
Read: Psalm 111
This Sunday, Pastor Ken will preach from Psalm 111, exhorting us to delight in God’s works and word to ensure our hearts not grow cold and apathetic towards God. As you prepare your heart for our corporate gathering, let this devotion from Charles Spurgeon set your sights on God’s ultimate work for us in Christ. If you find your heart cold and distant from God, linger long by the fire of the covenant He has made with you in Jesus Christ. This is the sure and only way to warm your heart (John 14:6).
Reflect: “Delight in His Covenant”
“HE HAS COMMANDED HIS COVENANT FOREVER.”
The Lord’s people delight in the covenant itself. It is an unfailing source of comfort to them as often as the Holy Spirit leads them into the banqueting house and waves the banner of love.
They delight to contemplate the antiquity of that covenant, remembering that before the daystar knew its place or planets ran their course, the interests of the saints were made secure in Christ Jesus.
It is peculiarly pleasing to them to remember the certainty of the covenant while meditating upon God’s “steadfast, sure love of David.” They delight to celebrate it as signed, sealed, and delivered!
Their hearts often overflow with joy to think of its immutability, as a covenant that neither time nor eternity, life nor death will ever be able to break—a covenant as old as eternity and as everlasting as the Rock of Ages.
They rejoice also to dine upon the fullness of this covenant, for in it they see all things provided for them. God is their portion, Christ their companion, the Spirit their Comforter, earth their lodge, and heaven their home.
They see in it an inheritance that is reserved for every soul possessing an interest in its ancient and eternal gift. Their eyes sparkled when they saw it as a treasure-trove in the Bible; but how their souls were gladdened when they saw in the last will and testament of their Christ that it was bequeathed to them!
More especially it is the pleasure of God’s people to contemplate the graciousness of this covenant. They see that the law was made void because it was a covenant of works and depended upon merit, but they perceive this to be enduring because grace is the basis, grace the condition, grace the bulwark, grace the foundation, grace the capstone.
The covenant is a treasury of wealth, a granary of food, a fountain of life, a storehouse of salvation, a charter of peace, and a haven of joy.
August 26 Morning Reading in Morning and Evening, by Charles Spurgeon
Sing: Song List for Sunday
1. “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” Arr. Daniel Renstrom
2. “At the Cross,” by Daniel Renstrom
3. “Mighty to Save,” Arr. Laura Story
4. “Great Are You Lord,” Arr. Shane & Shane