HE!

“Yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant.”
– 2Sa_23:5

This covenant is divine in its origin. “HE hath made with me an everlasting covenant.” Oh that great word HE! Stop, my soul. God, the everlasting Father, has positively made a covenant with thee; yes, that God who spake the world into existence by a word; he, stooping from his majesty, takes hold of thy hand and makes a covenant with thee. Is it not a deed, the stupendous condescension of which might ravish our hearts for ever if we could really understand it? “HE hath made with me a covenant.” A king has not made a covenant with me-that were somewhat; but the Prince of the kings of the earth, Shaddai, the Lord All-sufficient, the Jehovah of ages, the everlasting Elohim, “He hath made with me an everlasting covenant.” But notice, it is particular in its application. “Yet hath he made with ME an everlasting covenant.” Here lies the sweetness of it to each believer. It is nought for me that he made peace for the world; I want to know whether he made peace for me! It is little that he hath made a covenant, I want to know whether he has made a covenant with me. Blessed is the assurance that he hath made a covenant with me! If God the Holy Ghost gives me assurance of this, then his salvation is mine, his heart is mine, he himself is mine-he is my God.
This covenant is everlasting in its duration. An everlasting covenant means a covenant which had no beginning, and which shall never, never end. How sweet amidst all the uncertainties of life, to know that “the foundation of the Lord standeth sure,” and to have God’s own promise, “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” Like dying David, I will sing of this, even though my house be not so with God as my heart desireth.   C.H. Spurgeon

 

I am the Lord thy God.”

It is a wonderful thing to say “I have given myself to God.” It is even more wonderful to say that God has given Himself to me! He is my God! He says “I am the Lord thy God.” Let’s read from a great Puritan as he describes this wonderful Gift.

Bro Hal

Herein is the propriety, and indeed here is the mercy, that God speaks thus to every faithful soul, “I am thy God.” By this appropriation God gives us a right in him, yea, a possession of him. 1. A right in him: as the woman may say of him to whom she is married, this man is my husband, so may every faithful soul say of the Lord, he is my God. 2. A possession of him: God doth not only show himself unto us, but he doth communicate himself unto us in his holiness, mercy, truth, grace, and goodness; hence it is said, “We have fellowship with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” Herein God gives himself to be wholly ours, consider God essentially or personally. Consider Jehovah Elohim, all is ours. God, in his essence and glorious attributes, communicates himself to us for good; and God, personally considered, as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, they all enter into covenant with us.

[1.] The Father enters into covenant with us. He promiseth to be a Father to us: hence saith the Lord, “Israel is my Son, my first-born.”

[2.] The Son is in covenant with us, and speaks to us in this language; “Thou art mine; I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name, and therefore thou art mine.” This is Christ’s covenant with us; he brings us back to his Father, from whose presence we were banished, and sets us before his face for ever. He promiseth to restore us to the adoption of sons; and not only to the title, but to the inheritance of sons, that we might be where he is.

[3.] The Holy Ghost makes a covenant with us. “By one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified; whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness.” “This is the covenant that I will make with them; I will put my law into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.” I know the Father is implied in this, yet here is the proper work of the Holy Ghost. What the Father hath purposed, and the Son hath purchased for us, that the Holy Ghost effects in us. He applies the blood of Christ for the remission of sins; he writes the law in our hearts; he comforts us in our sadness; he supports us in our faintings and guides us in our wanderings. Now in that he effects these things for us, and in our behalf, he is said to make a covenant with us. Thus Elohim, God personally considered, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, are in covenant with us. Isaac Ambrose 1653 AD.