Principles and Values of Covenant

Our Covenant and God’s Plan
March 26, 2013
Holy Thursday: Living out our Covenant
March 28, 2013

Principles and Values of Covenant

Principles and Values of Covenant

“The Lord God is my help”

(Isaiah 50:7a)

March 27

Today’s readings: Is 50:4-9; Ps 69:8-34; Mt 26:14-25

Isaiah 50:4-9 is the third of the four “Servant of the Lord” oracles. We already saw these verses last Sunday. We now take a second look, drawing out principles of covenant within the context of a servant of God. We apply these verses to God’s people who are in covenant with Him, those whom He will use to accomplish His will for the life of the world.

Being in covenant with God requires a heart and posture that can really make us useful to Him. These are:

  • Being an evangelizer, including the ability and boldness to speak to people about how God has changed our lives and how God wants to change their lives as well, such that those who are weary will be energized, those who are despairing will be encouraged, those who are in darkness will have hope (Is 50:4a).
  • Faithfulness to God in daily prayer, and growing in being able to discern the voice of God speaking to us (Is 50:4b).
  • Obedience to God’s commands, submission to His will, openness to being used in any way God wants (Is 50:5).
  • Willingness to suffer for Christ (Is 50:6; Ps 69:8).
  • Perseverance and single-mindedness for mission, knowing that God is with us (Is 50:7).
  • Courage in the face of obstacles and opposition, knowing that God upholds, sustains, supports and provides for us (Is 50:8).
  • Confidence in God’s victory (Is 50:9).

In addition, we add to the list taking from the psalm for today.

·      Zeal and passion for building God’s kingdom on earth (Ps 69:10a).

·      Doing spiritual warfare including fasting (Ps 69:11a).

·      Repenting for wrongdoing (Ps 69:12a).

·      Recognizing God’s generous love and great mercy (Ps 69:17).

·      Looking to and trusting in God in times of affliction and pain (Ps 69:30).

·      Being thankful for God’s blessings and having a constant attitude of praise to God (Ps 69:31).

·      Having a heart for the poor (Ps 69:33-34).

Action: Consider how much is involved in our covenant with God. Consider how many of the above 7+7 postures and attitudes are in place in your own life. Resolve to grow in all areas.

Prayer: “I pray to you, Lord, for the time of your favor. God, in your great kindness answer me with your constant help. Answer me, Lord, in your generous love; in your great mercy turn to me. Do not hide your face from your servant; in my distress hasten to answer me.” (Ps 69:14,17-18). Lord, I trust in you. And I thank you for entering into covenant with me. I am your servant. Use me as you will, for your honor and glory. Amen.

God bless you all.

 

Frank Padilla

LCSC Moderator

 

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)

Comments are closed.