One of my favorite Bible teachers is Steve Brown. He’s been on the radio for years with his daily 15-minute broadcast called, Key Life. He says “God’s not mad at you!” a lot, and over the years, I’ve begun to actually believe him. As a recovering legalist, I love it when Steve reminds me of God’s unending grace and love, which is why preaching on Psalm 132 this past Sunday was so good for my soul.
Psalm 132 deals with a covenant that God made with King David, which led me to spend much of my time last week looking at the different covenants that God has made with His people throughout history.
Bible scholar Wayne Grudem summarizes what a covenant is with respect to covenants made between God and man. He says: A covenant is an unchangeable, divinely imposed legal agreement between God and man that stipulates the conditions of their relationship.
So, for instance: In Genesis 9, God made a covenant with Noah that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. The sign of this covenant is the rainbow, and the terms are unchangeable.
Through the cross of Christ, God – once and for all – made a covenant of love and redemption with His people. In Christ, He showed us His undying love and unchangeable grace and mercy, and this is how we can know for sure that God’s not mad at us. Here’s what I learned last week about the unending love and mercy of God as displayed through His covenants with us.
1. God’s covenants show a voluntary and unconditional love and commitment to His people.
God has chosen to covenant voluntarily. No one is making Him do it. He has chosen to establish this relationship with us on His own. The covenants of God are based solely on who He is…not on who we are. God established these covenants as a demonstration of His love, mercy, grace, and kindness.
2. God has never and will never break His covenants with His people no matter what they do or don’t do. Never!
God does makes it clear that He will lovingly discipline us if we are disobedient (Heb. 12; Rev. 3), but it’s also very clear that He will never reject us or withdraw His loving commitment from us. In Isaiah 49:15, the Lord asks: Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. God’s love and devotion to us is unconditional, and it will never change.
Psalm 132:11 says, The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back. The Israelites sang this psalm as they ascended to Mt. Zion as a reminder that the God they served is a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God, and this is something that we need to be reminded of over and over again.
God’s not mad at us! As a matter of fact, the exact opposite is true. Nothing we do will ever separate us from the love, mercy, and kindness of God.
Have you received the free gift of salvation that He offers? If not, what’s holding you back? Accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus…and then live free! Free because of the covenant that God has made with you. Free because you know that nothing will ever separate you from Him again!