Words from the Heart for Sunday July 30th, 2017
He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations.
Psalm 105:8 (NIV)
He Remembers His Covenant Forever
People can forget what they promised. Sometimes others can attempt to break the agreement they have made. There are even courts of law kept busy with people making their claims on what is rightly theirs. The Word of the Lord tells us that our God remembers. He has made an agreement with us and paid for it with His own blood. He will not forget. He will keep His Word.
The Covenant Chain is the name given to the complex system of alliances between both the Six Nations First Nations and the Iroquois League, and Anglo-American colonies originating in the early 17th century. The first alliances were most likely between New York and the Mohawk. These early agreements were referred to figuratively as chains because they bound multiple parties together in alliance. Today the Covenant Chain represents the long tradition of diplomatic relations in North America, and is often invoked when discussing contemporary affairs between the state and Aboriginal peoples. It borrowed heavily from the political ideology of the Six Nations and was known as a silver chain because an iron chain would rust. When gifts were exchanged to renew the Covenant Chains, it was known as polishing the chain.
From the moment sin entered into the world, God has come seeking those who were lost. In fact, almost immediately after sin had done its horrible work of separating mankind from their holy Creator God, God came asking “where are you?” It would be early on in human history that God revealed Himself to be a covenant making and covenant keeping God. His first was with Noah and his family – the covenant that never again would He destroy the entire planet. Later He would make a covenant with Abraham, and from that covenant would come the promise of salvation and the provision of the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. King David was awaiting that day. While he didn’t know about Jesus, he did know about the promise of the covenant and in Psalm 105:8 he says: “He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations.” Because God is a covenant making and covenant keeping God, He can do nothing but keep His promises. This has a practical application for our lives. The Bible was completed two thousand years ago, but because God doesn’t change, every promise that is included in God’s Word is for you. As you read God’s Word, you will find many promises, and the Holy Spirit will apply those promises to your life. You can count on God keeping those promises. So trust Him, walking by faith. And you will discover that day by day, God does all that He promises to do.
These have been words from the heart.