Covenant Relationship

Psalm 50 gives us a pre-Messianic look at God’s heart toward His redeemed. His speech belies the Old Testament displays of divine wrath:

“I don’t need your sacrifices of flesh and blood… What I want from you is your [sincere] thanks; I want your promises fulfilled. I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you, and you can give me glory” (TLB).

This is what God has been trying to get through to me lately: He wants a relationship with me. To this day, the idea is strange to me; I am vastly different from Him, infinitely inferior, and sinful besides. There is a great chasm separating me from Him because of the Fall. I can ‘t see, hear or touch Him. There are times when my life is in such upheaval that I begin to question not only His goodness but at times His very existence.

But God always takes up the slack. He keeps coming back around to tell me that this thing isn’t over yet. No matter how often I get derailed as I proceed with this eternal odyssey He has placed me on, I continue to encounter Him again, approaching gently without accusation to urge me on. 

In a floundering sort of way, I have learned to keep seeking God in spite of the turbulence and the obstacles. Why I should have any reluctance after everything Jesus did for me is a mystery that is bound up in the sinful nature. The clincher is that God accepts my conflicted approach toward Him and even stands in for me when I am wrenched in the other direction. God is winning this wrestling match, and I’m glad.

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About Douglas Abbott

I am a freelance writer by trade, philosopher and comedian by accident of birth. I am an assiduous observer of humanity and endlessly fascinated with people, the common elements that make us human, what motivates people and the fingerprint of God in all of us. I enjoy exploring the universe in my search for meaning, beauty and friendship. My writing is an extension of all these things and something I did for fun long before I ever got paid. My hope is that the reader will find in this portfolio a pleasing and inspiring literary hodgepodge. Good reading!
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One Response to Covenant Relationship

  1. Robin says:

    I could have written some of this myself, though not as eloquently. I particularly like, “He keeps coming back around…” Sounds like a friend or lover who might tire of our ways, but continues to seek us out on the off chance we might be a bit more agreeable the next visit.

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