January 13, 2019

365 Days of the Great Names of God, Day 44: Covenant Keeper

Covenant Keeper

"Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations." 
(Deuteronomy 7:9 MSG) 

My understanding of a covenant is that it is a promise that goes both ways. In a marriage covenant, for example, a husband promises to love, honor, and cherish his wife, and his wife promises to love, honor, and cherish him back. 

Of course, covenants between fallible humans are broken all the time. Consider a child who begs his parents for a puppy: they promise to get him one, and the child promises to take care of it. Six months later (if it takes that long), the (ahem) mom is doing all the canine care, and the covenant has been broken.

But our infallible God never breaks His covenant. In fact, the entire story of the Bible is a story of promises kept, told in two parts: before Christ's birth in human form, and after Christ's arrival on earth. 

The Old Testament and the New Testament.
The Old Covenant and the New Covenant.
The Old Promise and the New Promise.
The Old Temple and the New Temple.
The Old Law and the New Law.
The Old Way and the New Way.

But the same one true God! The same Covenant Keeper. Because He is a big, for-all-time God, He keeps His covenant of love for a thousand generations. And because He is a personal, for-this-day God, He also keeps it between Himself and each member of those generations who trusts in Him, including between Himself and you and between Himself and me.

It bears repeating (you might even want to memorize this): "Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon."

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