THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
THE AWESOME GOD OF THE COVENANT
Today’s reading is taken from Psalm 89, which is a lament
over God’s promise to David. The psalm is very instructive
as to the God who entered into covenant with us, just as He
did with David.
there is the affirmation of the awesomeness of God, that there
truly is none like Him. “Who in the skies ranks with
the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the gods? A God dreaded
in the council of the holy ones, greater and more awesome
than all who sit there! Lord, God of hosts, who is like you?”
is the Creator. The psalmist affirms: “you founded the
world and everything in it.” (v.12b). Thus everything
belongs to Him. “Yours are the heavens, yours the earth”
Creator-God, He is all-powerful. “Mighty your arm, strong
your hand, your right hand is ever exalted.” (v.14).
He controls everything, even the destructive floods of Ondoy
and the tsunamis. “You rule the raging sea; you still
its swelling waves.” (v.10).
Awesome as He is, God reveals Himself as just and righteous.
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your
throne” (v.14,RSV). God rules as King of all kings,
but the foundation of His rule is justice and righteousness.
just and righteous King, God becomes our strength and shield.
“You are their majestic strength; by your favor our
horn is exalted. Truly the Lord is our shield, the Holy
One of Israel, our King!” (v.18-19). God is there to
care for us and to protect us. He favors the weak and the
lowly, giving them strength. He looks to the vulnerable and
oppressed, protecting them with His shield.
does God do this? It is because He has entered into covenant
with His people. God’s covenant is one of love and
loyalty. God’s “love and loyalty march before
you.” (v.15b). God loves us and will stand by us. God
cares for us and will provide for all our needs. Now unlike
human agreements that are often broken, God, being the eternal
King, has made an enduring covenant. “My love is established
forever; my loyalty will stand as long as the heavens.”
What an awesome blessing covenant is! What is our part? Our
part is to obey. It is to not veer away from God’s will
and commands. Thus can we continue to reap the fruit of His
love and loyalty.
what if we veer away? That is when we will be severely punished.
“If his descendants forsake my law, do not follow
my decrees, if they fail to observe my statutes, do not keep
my commandments, I will punish their crime with a rod and
their guilt with lashes.” (v.31-33). If we do not respond
also in love and loyalty, if we turn away from God, then He
will afflict us with the rod and with lashes. This actually
is a manifestation of His love for us, as He desires for us
to stop our infidelities and turn back to Him. Even as we
turn away from Him, God is still loyal to us.
we turn back to Him, God assures us that He will restore.
He will restore us in His love and in our covenant with Him.
“But I will not take my love from him, nor will I betray
my bond of loyalty. I will not violate my covenant; the promise
of my lips I will not alter.” (v.34-35).
What a wonderful God we have! Faithful and loving, patient
and forgiving. Unfortunately we often take God for granted.
When our life is going well, we neglect our covenant, and
even veer away. Oftentimes it is only through suffering that
we begin to truly see how fragile our lives are and how so
very dependent we are on God. It is often in our affliction
that we begin to truly see God in the fullness of His majestic
splendor and beauty.
was a good and upright man, but He did not truly understand
the Almighty God. Like many, he did good, and he expected
blessings to be his natural reward. It was only when God turned
his world upside down that he began to question, to search,
to grapple. In the end, Job was just confronted with the grandeur
and majesty of God. That was enough. Though he still could
not know the mysterious workings of God, now he had entered
into a deeper relationship with Him (Job 42:3,5). Now Job
knew God better, and he was content.
too will find our happiness in knowing God for the awesome
Almighty that He is, and in knowing our proper relationship
with Him, that of covenant. “Happy the people who know
you, Lord” (v.16a). As we know God, as He teaches us
His commands, then we simply obey, knowing that to obey is
for our own good. This too is the way we find our happiness.
“Happy the people .... who walk in the radiance of your
Because God is the Almighty who is just and righteous, loving
and loyal, our strength and our shield, our lives ought to
be filled with joy. We can live victorious lives. “In
your name they sing joyfully all the day; at your victory
they raise the festal shout.” (v.17).
God is the God of our covenant, we obey Him and keep on the
right path. This path is the path of holiness. We are to be
holy as God is holy. We are to be part of “the assembly
of the holy ones” (v.6b).
God is the awesome and all-powerful Creator and King, we are
to give Him worship and praise. When we do, we join with all
of His creation, with the heavens and all the angels and saints.
“The heavens praise your marvels, Lord, your loyalty
in the assembly of the holy ones.” (v.6).
worship the Almighty God on earth, and this is the way we
prepare for all eternity in heaven.
 Verse 15 in NAB.
 A symbol of strength.
 Israel then, and now with us.
 David. We too are his descendants.
 Including destructive floods and other natural calamities.
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