WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 2020
OUR COVENANT-KEEPING GOD
TEXT: PSALM 111:1-10.
KEY VERSE “He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant” (PSALM 111:5).
A covenant is an agreement that exists between two individuals or groups of people for the benefit of both. Each party has a role to play in keeping the terms of the covenant faithfully. For instance, within the family circle, if a child fails to show up for dinner, the parent’s obligation is to find out where he or she is, and make sure he/she is safe. This is the unconditional commitment to love and serve in a parental covenant.
The passage examines the wonder working power of our great God. The psalmist thought of this and declared, “I will praise the LORD with my whole heart.” Then he goes ahead to recognise God’s works as great, honorable and glorious. He says that the Lord is gracious and full of compassion. He provides for those who fear Him as part of His covenant-keeping attribute. David reiterates that the works of God are verity; His commandments stand forever. God’s name is holy and to be revered and His fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Believers can understand and have pleasure in the honourable and glorious works of our covenant-keeping God who provides, protects, preserves and adequately plans for the well-being of His children. He is ever mindful of His covenant.
To enjoy the innumerable blessings He offers, we have to keep our part of the covenant. We must remain faithful to the Lord by abstaining from all forms of sins. Our hearts must be right with Him daily. Sinners must repent and backsliders restored to renewed relationship with God. Then, like the psalmist, we must continually appreciate the things that God is doing in our lives and those things which He is yet to do.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY God’s faithfulness should challenge the believer to be faithful to his Maker.
COVER TO COVER JOHN 6-7.
In the midst of it all, think of His faithfulness to you
1. Attributes of God
a. He does great works v2.
b. He is honourable, glorious and righteous v2.
c. He is gracious and full of compassion v4.
d. His works are true and just; His commandments are trustworthy and permanent vv7,8.
e. He is holy and His should be reverend v9.
Q Is there any experience you are passing through that contradicts any of these attributes?
Take time to meditate on those attributes of God. They supersede all human feelings and experiences.
Praise God because He is ever faithful to all His attributes
2. The Activities of God
a. Divine provision v5.
b. Transfers the wealth of the ungodly to the godly v6.
c. Sends deliverance to the oppressed v9.
Q What are the other activities of God in the text?
Q Is there any of those activities of God you want to claim?
Ask God for the actualization of any of those divine activities in your life and family
Pray that God, in His mercy, will deliver the nations from pestilences
3. Admonition to the godly
a. Praise Him in the private and in the fellowship of the saints v1.
b. Whatever you are passing through, always remember His attributes and great works v4.
c. Fear Him through obedience to His word v10.
Lord, destroy all the strategies of the wicked to destroy the fellowship of the saints
Lord, hasten to help your Church to regain fire, revival and her voice in the nations
HYMN Great is Thy faithfulness
- Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father, there is no shadow of turning with thee; thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not; as thou has been thou forever wilt be. Refrain:
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided– great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
- Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, sun, moon and stars in their courses above join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
- Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide; strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Refrain