“…the faithful God who keeps covenant and
mercy (hesed) with those that love him…”
Almost all of us have been in or are in covenants of various kinds. There is the marriage covenant, the mortgage covenant, various kinds of lease and lending covenants, and so on. Most people’s lives are touched somehow by covenants.
In its simplest terms, a covenant is an agreement between two or more people. Each side promises certain things to the other side, and each side is promised certain things from the other side. Some covenants are for a long term like a mortgage, some for a short term such as a lease on a car, perhaps 4-5 years. Then, some covenants such as the marriage covenant are for life. The line, “till death do us part…” is a familiar word on people’s lips.
I well recall in a class at university how the professor talked about covenants and about “hesed”. He had a wonderful education with two earned doctorates. I respected his scholarship. He told us in class that possibly the best English translation of the Hebrew Bible’s term hesed, was “covenant loyalty”.
God is always loyal to His people, the people who have an agreement, or covenant, with Him. God never forsakes His covenant or breaks the covenant He has made with His children. Such a thought becomes especially meaningful to us in times of sorrow.