“Now these are the last words of David.”
…For He has made an everlasting covenant with me,
Ordered in all things, and secured;
For all my salvation and all my desire,
Will He not indeed make it grow?” (23:1, 5).
As I read the last words of David I couldn’t help but wonder, what if my last words were to be documented for posterity? Would they read anything like David’s?
David’s last words document his lifetime of experiencing the faithfulness of his God and His Everlasting Covenant, Ordered and Secured.
David recounts God’s appointment of him, “the man who was raised on high… the anointed of God,” (23:1).
In incredulous awe, David reflects on how the Lord, the God of Israel, the Rock of Israel spoke, both by him and to him, “the sweet psalmist of Israel,”
“…The anointed of the God of Jacob,
And the sweet psalmist of Israel,
2 The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me,
And His word was on my tongue.
3 The God of Israel said,
The Rock of Israel spoke to me…” (23:1-3).
And as if to clarify the why and how of God’s lavish grace and love bestowed, David gives credit to God’s Everlasting Covenant, Ordered and Secured. David understood, both through his faith and experience, that in and of himself there was absolutely no fathomable reason to be the recipient of such amazing grace!
“I said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You,’” (Psalm 16:2).
Consider His Everlasting Covenant, Ordered and Secured
“…For He has made an everlasting covenant with me,
Ordered in all things, and secured;” (23:1).
A reference to the original language in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance expounds on David’s acknowledgement of God’s Everlasting Covenant, Ordered and Secured, as the cause and foundation of God’s bounteous, inexplicable and extravagant blessings on his life.
- God set His Covenant in place, not David.
- Made: “שׂוּם śûm, שִׂים śiym: A verb meaning to appoint, to bring, to call, to put, to change, to charge, to commit, to consider, to convey, to determine. The primary meaning of the verb is to put, to set, or to place.”
- God will eternally keep His Covenant, not David.
- Everlasting: “עוֹלָם ʿôlām: A masculine noun meaning a very long time. The word usually refers to looking forward but many times expresses the idea of looking backward.”
- God forms alliances through His Covenant, not David.
- Covenant: “בְּרִית beriyṯ: A feminine noun meaning covenant, treaty, alliance, agreement.”
- God prepared the parameters of His Covenant, not David.
- Ordered: “עָרַךְ ʿāraḵ: I. A verb meaning to arrange, to set in order, to prepare.”
- God carefully preserves and watches over His Covenant, not David.
- Secured: “שָׁמַר šāmar: A verb meaning to watch, to keep, to preserve, to guard, to be careful, to watch over, to watch carefully over, to be on one’s guard.”
How do we respond to His Everlasting Covenant, Ordered and Secured?
As the Law plainly and painfully demonstrated, no one was capable of fulfilling the requirements of Holy God.
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins, (Ecclesiastes 7:20).
But God is perpetually faithful to His Everlasting Covenant, Ordered and Secured.
Through the virgin birth of His Son, the sinless life of Christ, His humiliating death that satisfied the penalty of our sin, and His resurrection that conquered sin and death, God enacted a New Covenant.
While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins,” (Matthew 26:26-28).
His New Covenant, enacted in Jesus is Everlasting, Ordered and Secured.
- God set His Covenant in place, not us.
- But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons, (Galatians 4:4-5).
- God will eternally keep His Covenant, not us.
- “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him,” (John 3:16-17).
- God forms alliances through His Covenant, not us.
- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, (Ephesians 1:3-5).
- God prepared the parameters of His Covenant, not us.
- But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God, (John 1:12-13).
- God carefully preserves and watches over His Covenant, not us.
- “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand,” (John 10:28-29).
As we fix our hope on His Everlasting Covenant, Ordered and Secured in our Risen Savior, we too will grow, through faith and experience, in our understanding that it is not up to us!
He promises to keep us and sanctify us for His glory and good pleasure. And as we live each day trusting in His Everlasting Covenant, Ordered and Secured, praise is sure to fill our hearts and mouths.
The truth is, our lives will be documented for posterity, perhaps not written on paper but on the hearts and memories of those God has placed in our lives.
May our words and lives bring Him glory each and every day as we trust Him to grow us in our salvation and every desire. Oh God, may our last words simply be a continuation and overflow of a life lived in faith and reliance on You and Your Everlasting Covenant, Ordered and Secured.
“For all my salvation and all my desire,
Will He not indeed make it grow?” (23:5)