Friday, June 22, 2012

The Dividing Line: Unending Covenant Love

“Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The lovingkindness [חסד, covenant love] of God endures all day long. Your tongue devises destruction, like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, falsehood more than speaking what is love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue. But God will break you down forever; He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent, and uproot you from the land of the living” (Psalm 52:1-5). What stands against tyranny of wicked, twisted, lying words both whispered and shouted? The unwavering eternal covenant-love of God for His people. Because of His love they will forever endure in the place of covenant, “the land of the living.” Those boasters outside the covenant will not.

“The righteous will see and for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever. I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it, and I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones” (Psalm 52:6,8,9). Judgment of those outside the covenant grows those inside in their “fear” of the LORD, their trust in the unending love of His covenant with His people, their thankfulness, and their waiting on His good name. The “land of the living,” the place of the covenant, is seen in greater beauty as the “house of God” and “the presence of [His] godly ones.”

The covenant love of God. In it is all. Outside of it is death. Boast not in yourself for your salvation this day, but “confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, saved” (Romans 10:9). Church, consider His love and judgment and draw nearer to Him (and each other) in your meditation on both.

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