God's covenant in Christ

Christ, the Fulfillment of God’s Covenant with Men

Scriptures for meditation: Psalms 89, 91 and 92

If you read Psalms 89 and 92 carefully, you will find similarities in their wording. Certain verses have been repeated in either of the Psalms as if to emphasize the key message.

Similarities Between Psalms 89 and 92

The following themes are common across Psalms 89 and 92

  • Eternal thanksgiving and praises (Psalm 89:1 and Psalm 92:1)
  • Complete destruction of enemies (Psalm 89:23 and Psalm 92:9)
  • Anointing with oil and exaltation of horn- (Psalm 89:20-24 and Psalm 92:10)
  • Everlasting prosperity of the righteous- (Psalm 89:29 and Psalm 92:13)

Sure enough, these themes have been repeated at several places in the bible. So what’s unique about finding them here?

Note how Psalm 89 is God speaking about his covenant with David, whereas Psalm 92 is David thanking God for the blessings he has already received as part of the covenant relationship.

Even more interestingly, the two enclose between themselves the prayer of protection – Psalm 91- which ends like this:

With long life, I will satisfy him and show him my salvation (Yeshua). (Psalm 91:16)

long life in Yeshua

(Wondering what is God’s covenant with men? Check out my blog on : The Cross of Christ: Your Invitation to an Abundant Life)

How Jesus Has Fulfilled Our Part of God’s Covenant

Like every contract that requires a surety, Jesus is the blessed assurance of our promises.

God’s promises are as unchanging as his constant love. From the time of creation, man had access to God’s best until he chose otherwise.

God always kept his part of the covenant, but we, as humans, have failed and continue to fail.

For there is no one righteous, no not one. (Romans 3:10)

David, the Psalmist and the man closest to God’s heart (1 Sam 13:14) failed and so did his descendants. Had it not been for the Messiah, none of us would be in a position to proclaim the goodness of God, declaring His absolute righteousness (Ps 92:15)

Psalm 91 reveals how the gap caused by man’s inability to keep up with God’s covenant is fulfilled in Christ:

Elimination of enemies

God brings down our enemies (Psalm 89:23 and Psalm 92:9), but it is because we dwell in His secret place (Psalm 91:1). We can boldly access His throne room of grace, having been made righteous by the blood of Jesus! (Hebrews 10:19)

divine protection

Set apart for honor and glory

God anoints us [sets us apart] and exalts our horns [blesses us with favor and honor] (Psalm 89:20-24 and Psalm 92:10) but it’s because we know His name (Psalm 91:14), the name which Yeshua revealed to us- Abba, Father (John 17:16).

exalted horn

Everlasting fruitfulness

Surely we bear much fruit [Psalm 89:29 and Psalm 92:13] but it’s because we have been saved by his salvation, Yeshua [Psalm 91:16]

We are God’s handiwork, the new creation created in Christ, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do! (Ephesians 2:10)

planted in God's house

What If Christ Is Removed from the Equation?

Without Christ, God’s covenant is no better than a regular contract (commandments, to be exact) that can be made null and void at our slightest default.

In Yeshua, we have everything, more than we could ever ask or imagine.

This is why we can cry out (Psalm 89: 26 and Psalm 92:15)- to God the rock of our salvation (Yeshua), standing in Yeshua’s righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21)- knowing that Abba will answer us (Ps 91:15) – deliver us and honor us.

Hallelujah🙌

Could we ask for more?

Surely, He who has the Son has it all.

May we grow in our love for our Savior, growing in the knowledge of Him who has proclaimed the year of God’s favor and set the captives free (Isaiah 61:1-2).

In Jesus Name,
Amen!

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