DIG for Monday the 27th of July….. A covenant maker and a covenant keeper…..1 Samuel 20 v 42

The Lord called David ‘a man after mine own heart’. One of the reasons was that David had God’s heart for keeping a covenant promise.

When David triumphed over Goliath it didn’t go unnoticed.

Saul’s son Jonathan was very impressed with David. The Word doesn’t say explicitly why he was impressed, but I believe a big part of it was David’s revelation of covenant.

David was a man after God’s own heart, he understood the power of his covenant with God and it brought him victory. I think Jonathan saw in David characteristics of integrity, faithfulness and boldness, all proceeding from his faith in that covenant, and he liked what he saw.

He saw in David one who would be a true friend. And he was.

Throughout their friendship they made covenant promises to each other, of faithfulness and trust. Their friendship was cut short when Jonathan died in battle, but again, in their last recorded meeting together they made another covenant with each other, this time extending their promises to include their children (1 Samuel 20 v 42).

The Lord uses David’s covenant keeping nature to show us a picture of His own faithfulness, and as David fulfils his promises made to Jonathan we see God’s heart for covenant making and covenant keeping.

Some years later David begins to look for a way to fulfil his promise. He asks ‘is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’

They find Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth and bring him before King David. At first Mephibosheth is afraid, but David says ‘Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually’ (2 Samuel 9 v 7).

David blessed this man, not because of any goodness or greatness of his own, but because of the covenant he made with Jonathan.

In the same way God wants to bless us with all the riches of heaven, not because of our goodness or greatness of our own, but because of the covenant He has made with His Son.

God the Father made a New Covenant with the one Perfect Man, and we are included in that Covenant when we put faith in Jesus.

Speak this our today…Thank you Lord that You have included me in all the blessings of heaven, not because of my performance, but because Jesus has performed on my behalf

1 Samuel 20 v 42…..And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever

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