Everlasting to Everlasting
Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David….because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.
Isaiah 55:3 & 5
David was appointed by God as King over Israel. He was chosen, based not on his own credentials and goodness but by the goodness of Almighty God to lead God’s people. It is important to acknowledge that God is omniscient, seeing all and knowing all. David’s marital unfaithfulness and bent to commit murder for his own selfish intentions did not come as a surprise to The LORD. And yet, Scripture assures us that God made an everlasting covenant endowing him with splendor.
We might ask, why would God do this if He knew what kind of person David was? Well, then we would have to ask the same thing of ourselves, wouldn’t we? Why would God choose me to be His ambassador and make the same everlasting covenant?
The word endowed means to furnish or equip…to provide with a permanent fund or source of income. The word splendor means brilliant or gorgeous appearance; a great brightness or brilliant distinction.
You and I are imperfect beings! The same “covenant” God made with David, however, He has made with us. Is there a trick or some “hoop” we need to go through in order to receive God’s covenant? No! No tricks and no hoops. “Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” [2 Corinthians 3:4-6]
It is so difficult to break away from the current culture mentality of earning our position or status in this world, to acknowledging that in the kingdom of God, our only noteworthiness is who we are in Christ Jesus. And, in Christ, our status has been permanently funded with His blood as an “everlasting covenant.” What is our status, then? “Splendor!” We have a “brilliant distinction; a great brightness; gorgeous appearance.” WOW!! No facelifts; no wonder promising creams necessary. Just Jesus…He has done it all! We are His light in this very dark world. How amazing!
Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow. Thank you, Father…AMEN
To The One Who “turns my darkness into light.” [Psalms 18:28]