Morning, December 21, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“For He has made an everlasting covenant with me.” — 2 Samuel 23:5
This covenant is divine in its origin. “He has made an everlasting covenant with me.” Oh that great word He! Stop, my soul. God, the everlasting Father, has positively made a covenant with you; yes, that God who spoke the world into existence by a word; he, stooping from his majesty, takes hold of your hand and makes a covenant with you. Is it not a amazing deed, the astounding descent of God to us of which might overpower our hearts forever if we could really understand it? “HE has made a covenant with me.” A king has not made a covenant with me–that would be something of note; but the Prince of the kings of the earth, Shaddai, the Lord All-sufficient, the Jehovah of ages, the everlasting Elohim, “He has made an everlasting covenant with me.” But notice, it is specific in its application. “For He has made an everlasting covenant with me.” Here lies the delightfulness of it to each believer. It means little for me that he made peace for the world; I want to know whether he made peace for me! It means little that he has made a covenant, I want to know whether he has made a covenant with me. Blessed is the assurance that he has made a covenant with me! If God the Holy Spirit 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 stands sure,” and to have God’s own promise, “My covenant I will not violate, nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.” Like dying David, I will sing of this, even though my house be not in standing with God as my heart desires.