“He Keepeth Covenant and Mercy”
By Michael Zaucha
For the saint of God, being sustained in this present evil world is the mighty working of our God and Heavenly Father through our Lord Jesus Christ who is ruling and reigning from the right hand of the Throne of God. This most needed and vital working of God in His saints comes forth from His very Divine Person and of His faithfulness to do this work, as it is written: “He shall sustain thee” (Ps. 55:22). This sustaining work is affected in the saints by His revelation of this truth concerning Himself and by our believing and trusting in Him to do it – “for He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
Behold our God. “Know therefore, that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God” (Deut. 7:9; I Kgs. 8:23) – and God is known amongst His saints for what He does and His faithfulness to perform it in them – “which keepeth covenant and mercy unto Thy servants that walk before Thee with all their hearts.”
God is the guardian of His covenant and mercy. God Himself attends to His covenant and to His mercy, and He makes His covenant and His mercy sure. To the fulfilling of this truth, God cannot lie (Tit. 1:2), and will demonstrate Himself faithful “to all that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations” (Deut. 7:9).
Moses was sustained in the wilderness by these high and lofty revelations of God, as was David and Nehemiah, as they ministered this truth to the people of God (Deut. 7:12; Neh. 9:32; Ps. 89:28). The prophet Isaiah would minister to the Lord Jesus Christ in the days of His flesh with this very truth about His Heavenly Father (Isa. 54:7-17), and Daniel cried out with prayers and supplications for forgiveness and mercy in behalf a sinful nation to be delivered by God “who keepeth covenant and mercy” (Dan. 9:4).
The Fulfillment to the Saints is In Christ. The Gospel declares with power that when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (Jn. 1:14), God was faithful to perform the mercy promised to the fathers, and to remember His holy covenant (Jer. 31:31-34; Lk. 1:72). The fulfillment is to the Jew first (Rom. 1:16), but also – praise God!! – to the Gentile.
The Apostle Peter declared this good news to both Jew and Gentile saying: “Yea and all the prophets from Samuel and them that followed after, as many as have spoken, they also told of these days. Ye are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Servant, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities” (Acts 3:24-26).
The Apostle Paul declared the fulfillment of God keeping covenant and mercy through His Beloved Son, our Great High Priest: “But now hath He (Jesus) obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, He saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in My covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Heb. 8:6-12).
The Gospel in the Epistles continues to declare and opens wide the doors the glorious provisions of the new covenant to all that are “in Christ” - we are called into the fellowship of God and of His Son Jesus Christ (I Cor. 1:9; I Jn. 1:3) – and our God and Father keepeth covenant and mercy. “He shall stablish you and keep you from evil” (II Th. 3:3) – God is faithful to perform this. “Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied” (Jude 1:2) - God keepeth covenant and mercy, “in the hope of eternal life which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” (Tit. 1:2).
What Shall We Say to These Things? “There is no God like Thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with Thy servants that walk before Thee will all their heart” (I Kgs. 8:23). Brethren, walk before our God and Heavenly Father with all thy heart, in all His ways, in uprightness, in all charity, in the Spirit, and He will sustain you for He is the God which keepeth covenant and mercy – for He is faithful that promised (Heb. 10:23).