Our Side of the Covenant Coin
Verse 12 “If your sons keep my covenant and the statutes I teach them, then their sons will sit on your throne for ever and ever.”
We talked yesterday about how easily we can slip into doubt when God doesn’t keep His promise in our time but our verse today reminds us that God’s covenants with His people are for multiple generations and they aren’t one sided.
We know David did his best to keep the covenant but he wasn’t alone in having to keep up the human side of the covenant. Just as God’s covenant with Abraham was for Isaac and Jacob as well, the covenant God had made with David was to be kept by the following generations. God judged unto the third and fourth generations of those that disobeyed and this psalmist knew the same to be true of those that kept God’s laws. When the covenant was adhered to by all parties involved, there was peace in the relationship.
Unfortunately David wasn’t much of a father and his children were not known for the covenant keeping ways. They murdered, raped, schemed and even tried to overthrow the kingdom. They had observed their father’s life but sadly most of them missed seeing his relationship with God as something to be learned from.
Part of keeping the covenant that God had entered into with David and the people of his nation was obeying His laws. The people had decided they would prefer to live as they wanted and David’s sons, lacking in relationship with God, did not use their influence as members of the royal family to help the people follow God and His ways.
But even despite this lack of obedience on the part of David’s descendants, God ultimately kept His promise by sending Jesus to be born in the lineage of David. And since we are spiritual descendants we have a responsibility of obeying our portion of the covenant. We are to obey Gods’ statutes. The travelers singing this on their way to Jerusalem would have been reminded of their need to be obedient to God and His decrees. They were children of the promise and that was reason for praise.
Making It Personal
Do you think of yourself as being in covenant with God? What does being in covenant with God mean to you? Would God say you are doing your part in the covenant?
Making It Personal Kids
What do you think it means to be in covenant with Jesus? Are there things you should and shouldn’t do because of that covenant? How do you feel about your covenant with Jesus?
Father, thank You for making a covenant with us. Help us keep up our end of the covenant, not because we have to, but because we want to due to our love for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.