April 19, Sunday

UPDATED Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, provided by then (2013) staff of Remnant Westside Church in Manhattan, was first posted on September 22, 2013.  It has been updated.

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“The Fulfillment of God’s Ultimate Promise, in Christ”

Psalm 89:29-37

I will establish his offspring forever and his throne as the days of the heavens. 30 If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my rules, 31 if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments, 32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes, 33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness. 34 I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips. 35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David. 36 His offspring shall endure forever, his throne as long as the sun before me. 37 Like the moon it shall be established forever, a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah

paula-brustur-ls4OK8rINvc-unsplashThere are many covenants between God and man that we see in the Bible, such as the rainbow covenant between God and Noah, the Abrahamic covenant between God and Abraham, the Mosaic covenant between God and Moses, and so forth. While each of these covenants was made primarily between one individual and God, they had far reaching implications for humanity. In this Psalm, this particular covenant shows how God will persevere with the line of David and establish the house of David. Even with severe chastisements, God will establish the line of David. We see the ultimate fulfillment of this in Jesus, who is also called the Son of David.

And today, amid the chaos brought on by COVID-19, we celebrate the fulfillment of God’s ultimate promise stated in an earlier psalm of David (Ps. 16:10-11) : “. . . you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. 11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”  While David certainly said this under the Spirit’s inspiration, it wasn’t said of him since he later died and decayed.  Instead, this psalm points to the coming of the Messiah—the king of the Jews in accordance to the Davidic dynasty—who will one day die for the sins of the world; but he will rise from dead, thereby not being subjected to the decaying of corpse.

This morning’s Psalm reminds us that God is faithful to His word and promises. His covenants stand firm and are dependent upon Him and Him alone. Even during the times of history where the line of David experienced the anger of God, God did not violate His covenant with them. When we look to Jesus, we are reminded that God will fulfill His promises. Yes, He will correct and rebuke us, but His covenant with us will stand. We can put our trust and hope in God, no matter how difficult our lives may become in the aftermath of COVID-19, who will remain true to Himself.  This, then, is the basis for our hope in the resurrected Christ. Amen.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being faithful to Your many promises made to us.  In times like these when everything has been turned upside down, we desperately need You.  Actually, it’s a blessing to finally recognize our constant need for You.  Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Acts 21

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