Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 18, 2016

“He will make them know His covenant.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 25.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+25&version=NASB

I quote only verses 1-15.

“To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies exult over me.
3 Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.

4 Make me know Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.
6 Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they have been from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
According to Your lovingkindness remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

8 Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth
To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
13 His soul will abide in prosperity,
And his descendants will inherit the land.
14 The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
And He will make them know His covenant.
15 My eyes are continually toward the Lord,
For He will pluck my feet out of the net.”  Psalm 25:1-14.

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“…  He will make them know His covenant.”  Verse 14.

Covenant is defined in the following Lesson 18 of ESSENTIALS OF REFORMED DOCTRINE A Guide in Catechetical Instruction by Rev. H. Hoeksema (revised by Prof. H. Hanko):  “It is the gracious relation of living fellowship and friendship between God and His people in Christ, wherein He is their God and they are His people.”  See Point 3 of the following “Lesson 18:  The Covenant of Grace”

We see some of the benefits of the covenant in today’s Scripture.

“All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth
To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.”  Verse 10.

“… He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
13 His soul will abide in prosperity,
And his descendants will inherit the land.”  Verses 12-13.

He establishes His covenant only with His elect people in the line of continued generations.”  See Point 7 of the following “Lesson 18:  The Covenant of Grace”

He forms them to be His people, makes them partakers of all the benefits of Christ, and leads them on to eternal glory.”  See Point 8 of the following “Lesson 18:  The Covenant of Grace”

Lesson 18:  The Covenant of Grace
1.  How does God save His people?
By means of a living faith in the Mediator of the covenant, our Lord Jesus Christ.
2.  What is the fruit of the work of Christ?
That God maintains, restores, and perfects His covenant through Him.  Jeremiah 31:33.
3.  What is the covenant?
It is the gracious relation of living fellowship and friendship between God and His people in Christ, wherein He is their God and they are His people.  Genesis 17:7;  Psalm 16:5;  Psalm 33:22 .
4.  How many covenants are there?
There is only one covenant in both the Old and New Testaments established with God’s people throughout all time.
5.  Did not Adam stand in a covenant relationship to God?
Yes, but he violated the covenant through his sin so that the covenant must be restored through Christ.
6.  How does God establish His covenant?
God establishes His covenant by His own work of grace whereby He takes His people into His own covenant fellowship.  Ephesians 2:8 .
7.  Does God establish His covenant with all men?
No, He establishes His covenant only with His elect people in the line of continued generations.  Galatians 3:16, 29 .
8.  What does God do for His people in that covenant?
He forms them to be His people, makes them partakers of all the benefits of Christ, and leads them on to eternal glory. Ephesians 1:23 .
9.  Through Whom does God make us partakers of all Christ’s benefits?
Through the Holy Spirit, Who dwells in Christ as the Head and in His people as members of His body.  Ephesians 1:23 .

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