26 APRIL (PREACHED 23 APRIL 1775)
‘Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.’ 2 Samuel 23:5
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Jeremiah 31:31–34
Yet he hath made. As every believer has an although, so likewise a yet to balance it. Many are the comforts provided for the children of God, but none like the consideration of this covenant. Observe the parts:
(i) a covenant: an engagement in which the great God condescends to bind himself to performance.
(ii) everlasting: from everlasting in its glorious contrivance, to everlasting in its blessed effects.
(iii) ordered: prepared, disposed. The Lord foresaw whatever would be wanted and has provided accordingly. A fullness of grace, a supply for every want, is treasured up in this blessed covenant, and in a way wonderfully suited for the encouragement and consolation of unworthy sinners.
(iv) sure: not suspended upon uncertain conditions, but established with and in Christ, confirmed by promises, by oath and by blood.
Encouraged by thy word
Thy thoughts, thou only wise!
Of promise to the poor;
Our thoughts and ways transcend,
Behold, a beggar, LORD,
Far as the arched skies
Waits at thy mercy’s door!
Above the earth extend:
No hand, no heart, O LORD, but thine,
Such pleas as mine men would not bear,
Can help or pity wants like mine.
But God receives a beggar’s prayer.
SERMON SERIES: 2 SAMUEL 23:5, NO. 1 [4/4]