Covenant Mercies

Covenant Mercies
Tom Harding
Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and 
the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and 
the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, 
and his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of 
Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the 
fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun 
riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out 
of the earth by clear shining after rain. Although my house be not so 
with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in 
all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, 
although he make it not to grow. (2 Sam.23:1-5)

Sometimes the last words of a man are regarded, remembered and sometimes 
even recorded for all to read and think upon. Certainly this is true of 
David. God is about to call him home to glory, in this special time, he 
found his comfort, hope, and salvation in God’s covenant of mercy and 
grace revealed in Jesus Christ, Who is the Surety of the Covenant (Heb. 
7:22). Although David had won many victories, even reigned over Israel 
for forty years as God’s King, and was used of God to write many Psalms, 
his hope of salvation was not what he accomplished, but rather in Christ 
alone. David describes the hope of every believer in verse five (2Sam. 
23:5). Although we are sinners (Psalm 51:5), although we are guilty 
before God (Rom. 3:19), although we deserve nothing but judgment and 
God’s wrath (Rom. 6:23); yet, God delights to show mercy because of the 
eternal covenant of grace made with Christ Jesus before the world began 
(Heb. 13:20). Our sinful condition does not hinder His almighty purpose 
and grace in Christ (Dan.4:35; Ro.5:6).
Remember these five things about this covenant of grace in Christ!

1). This covenant of grace is everlasting!
Everlasting in its council. Before there was a sinner there was a 
Saviour. Before Adam fell, the Surety stood (Rev.13:8). Everlasting in 
its continuance. Whatever God does it shall be forever (Eccl. 3:14). 
Everlasting in its consequences. The believer is predestinated to be 
conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:28-30).

2). This covenant of grace is ordered in all things!
The mercies and grace of God are not left to luck, chance nor the 
sinner’s depraved will, but to the determinate council and purpose of 
God (Eph. 1:3-6). This places the accomplishment of our salvation not in 
our hands, but in the hands of Christ alone, Who cannot fail (Isa. 
42:4). Salvation is of the Lord!

3). This covenant of grace is sure!
It stands upon a sure foundation. The Lord Christ Jesus is the 
foundation upon which this covenant rests, He is the solid Rock (2 
Tim.2:19; Isa. 28:16).

4). This covenant of grace is all my salvation (Heb. 13:20)!
It is completely upon Jesus Christ, His person, sacrifice and 
righteousness that the believer has any measure of confidence in 
salvation. Jesus Christ is not a way, He is the Way, Truth and Life ( 
John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Col. 2:9-10).

5). This covenant of grace is all my desire!
We rejoice in Jesus Christ and have no confidence in the flesh. We 
desire to know more about Jesus Christ and to grow in grace and in the 
knowledge of Him (Phil. 3:3-9). This is the earnest desire of every 
believer (Matt. 11:25-28; 1Pet. 2:2)!

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