“Glorify the Lord with me. Together let us give him praise.” Psalms 34:3
A covenant was God’s way of sealing a relationship of love between Him and His people.
Right from the time of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden we see how God established His covenant first with them, then with Abraham, later with Noah, Moses and down the years through the various prophets with the Israelites. But this covenant was not always intact, there were instances when the people turned away from God and broke this covenant. The Lord too was dejected with the whole lot but later relented and re-established His promise due to His limitless love for them.
In any given relationship between two people who are in love, there are always ups and downs, there are blissful days and then again there are days when probably one is hurt and the other cajoles, the emotions run on a high but both know that these upheaval feelings will not shake the foundation of their love, it will always remain strong. These days are just part and parcel of life, they eventually make up and patch their differences. One is ever ready to forgive the other. It is love that takes them through this course of feelings but the bottom line is that their hearts are aware of the deep love that one has for the other. It is just that one wants the other to always be a part of their happiness, to share in their significant moments.
Of course, it is only because they care so much that they are hurt at times, otherwise they would not have been affected or allowed anything to matter if feelings were amiss. Even if practical sense tries to budge in, the heart takes over in full control and all resolve is thrown to the wind. The covenant between their hearts is a seal fixed in place and time.
After the flood that washed up the earth in Noah’s time, the sign of God’s covenant was seen as a bow in the cloud. We read in Genesis 9:9-17; “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.”
Generations down the line, the Lord promised a new covenant forever once and for all with the offering of His own Son; “Behold, the days are coming, says 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 that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days.” Jeremiah 31:31-33.
The promise as stated in Ezekiel 37:26; “I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will put my sanctuary among them forever.”
Today the covenant between us and God is the Sacrifice offered at Calvary, sealed with the body and blood of Christ. This covenant will never be broken again. The bow in the cloud will be a sign for all times.
There is a truly wonderful phrase that when someone loves you deeply, they can see the pain in your eyes even while the world still believes in the smile on your face. Similarly, we can never pretend with the Lord. He can read our hearts in an instant. He knows when we are down and when we are glad. He understands us on days when we feel that nothing will ever be the same again in life. At times, we feel that it is prudent not to have too much of expectations about tomorrow but to just allow it to fall into place, to take each moment as it comes, whatever destiny has in its wings for us. But, God consoles us with the thought that perhaps if we undertake every single moment with His help to level the way before us, we can make it with His presence at our side.
The bow in our hearts will bind us to Him and others with chords that cannot be broken.