Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal. And Moses and the priests the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the LORD thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day. And Moses charged the people the same day, saying, These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin: And these shall stand upon mount Ebal to curse; Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
~ Deuteronomy 11:26-29, Deuteronomy 27:9-13, Deuteronomy 30:1
And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark and on that side before the priests the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, as well the stranger, as he that was born among them; half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over against mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel. And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law.
~ Joshua 8:33-34
And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem, that God may hearken unto you.
~ Judges 9:7
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
~ Galatians 3:10, Galatians 3:13-14
God Speaking from Mount Gerizim, by Joseph Alleine.
Chapter 1. The voice of the Herald, before the Great King.
O all you inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, come; see and hear; gather yourselves together unto the proclamation of the Great King. Hear, you that are far off, and you that are near! He that has an ear to hear, let him hear. I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord. Let every valley be exalted, and every mountain be made low, for the glory of the Lord is to be revealed.” Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way: cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones, lift up the standard for the people; for the Lord proclaims salvation to the ends of the earth. Tidings! tidings, O you captives! Hear, all you that look for salvation in Israel; behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people. Blessed news! Prepare your ears and hearts! The Lord has commanded me, saying, “Go unto the people, and sanctify them; let them wash and be ready; for the Lord is coming down upon Mount Sion, in the sight of all nations; not in earthquakes and fire, not in clouds and darkness, not in thunderings or burnings, rending the mountains and breaking the rocks into pieces.” He does not speak to you out of blackness, and darkness, and tempests: you shall say no more, “Let not God speak to us, lest we die.” He comes peaceably; the law of kindness is in his mouth; he preaches peace; peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near. Behold, how he comes, leaping upon the mountains; he has passed mount Ebal; Deut 11.29; 27.12-13 – no more wrath or cursing; he has come to mount Gerizim, where he stands to bless the people. As Mordecai to his nation, he writes “the words of truth and peace, seeking the welfare of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.”
Behold how he comes clothed with flames of love, with heartfelt compassion, plenteous redemption, and multiplied pardons. O how pregnant is his love! O the rollings of his compassion! O how full are his breasts, even aching till they are eased by the sucking of his hungry children!
Hearken, therefore, O you children, hearken to me. To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, that at what time you hear the joyful sound, the trump of jubilee, the tidings of peace, in the voice of the everlasting Gospel, you fall down before the throne, and worship him that lives forever and ever.
Arise, and come away; prepare, prepare yourself; hear not with an uncircumcised ear; you are not upon a common thing. Behold, the throne is set; the throne of grace, where majesty and mercy dwell together. From thence will the Lord meet you; from thence will he commune with you; from the mercy-seat, from between the cherubims, upon the ark of the testimony. Look, the Lord comes out of his pavilion, the mighty God from Sion. Selah. His glory covers the heavens; the earth is full of his praise. A fire (of love) goes before him; mercy and truth round about him; righteousness and peace are the habitation of his throne. He rides on his horses and chariots of salvation; the covenant of life and peace is in his mouth. Rejoice, you heavens; make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Let the sea roar, the floods clap their hands, and the multitudes of the isles rejoice. Stand forth, the host of heaven; prepare your harps, cast down your crowns, be ready with your trumpets; bring forth your golden vials full of aromas, for our voice will jar, our strings will break, we cannot reach the note of our Maker’s praise.
Yet let them that dwell in the dust, arise and sing. Bear your part in this glorious service: but consider and attend. Call out your souls, and all that is within you; lift up your voices, fix your eyes, enlarge your hearts, intend all their powers; there is work for them all. Be intent and serious, you cannot strain too high.
Come forth, you graces, beset the way; be all in readiness. Stand forth, faith and hope. Be aflame, O love! Come, you warm desires, and break with longing. Let fear, with all veneration, do its obeisance. Joy, prepare your sons; call up all the daughters of music, to salute the Lord as he passes by. Let the generation of the saints appear, and spread the way with boughs and garments of salvation, and songs of deliverance. you stand this day all of you before the Lord your God, your captains, your elders, your officers, with all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and the stranger that is within your camp, from the hewer of wood to the drawer of water, that you should enter into covenant with the Lord your God, Deut. 19.10-13 and into his oath, which the Lord your God makes with you this day, that he may establish you today for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto you a God, as he has said to you, and as he has sworn.
I have done my errand. The messenger of the morning disappears when the orient sun comes forth out of his chambers. I vanish: I put my mouth in the dust. The voice of the Lord! The soft and still voice! O my soul, wrap your face in the mantle, and bow yourself to the ground, and put yourself into the cleft of the rock, while Jehovah proclaims his name, and makes all his goodness to pass before you.
Chapter II. Introduction. — The proclamation; or, the voice of the Lord.
Hear, O you ends of the earth, the mighty God, the Lord has spoken: gather my saints to me, those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. Psa 1.1, 5 Behold, I establish my covenant between me and you. Gen. 17.7 By my holiness I have sworn that I will be your covenant friend. I lift up my hand to heaven, I swear I live forever: and because I live, you also shall live. John 14.19 I will be yours, Jer. 31.38, 40 yours to all intents and purposes; your refuge and your rest; Jer. 1.6; Psa. 90.1; 46.1 your patron and your portion; Psa 73.26; Isa. 25.4-5 your heritage and your hope; your God and your guide. Psa 48.14 While I have, you shall never want; and what I am to myself, I will be to you: Psa. 34.9- 10 and you shall be my people; Exod. 19.5-6 a chosen generation, a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, a peculiar treasure to me above all people, 1Pet. 2.9 I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I take you for mine forever. My name shall be upon you, and you shall be pillars in the temple of your God, and shall go out no more. Rev. 3.12
You shall wear my garment, and you shall carry the stamp of my own face; Ezek. 36.25-26; Eph. 4.24 and I will make you my witnesses and the epistles of Christ to the world; Isa. 44.8; 2Cor. 3.3 and you shall be chosen vessels, to bear my name before the sons of men. Acts 9.15 And so that you may see that I am in earnest with you, look, I make an everlasting covenant with you, ordered in all things, and sure; 2Sam. 23.5 and I hereby solemnly deliver it to you as my act and deed, sealed with sacred blood, 1Cor. 11.25 and ratified with the oath of a God; Heb. 6.17 a God that cannot lie, that knows no place for repentance. Tit. 1.2; 1Sam. 15.29 Come, blessed; receive the instrument of your salvation: take the writing, behold the seals; here are the conveyances of the kingdom. Fear not; the donation is free and full. See, it is written in blood, founded on the all-sufficient merits of your surety Heb. 9.18 in whom I am well pleased; Mat. 3.17 whose death makes this testament unchangeable forever; Heb. 9.12,14,16,26 so that your names can never be blotted out, nor your inheritance alienated, nor your legacies diminished; nothing may be altered, nothing added, nothing subtracted; no, not forever. Gal. 3.15-17
The blessings of the covenant are, either its glorious liberties and immunities, or its royal privileges and perogatives. Happy you are, O Israel! Who is like you, O people! Deut. 33.29 Only believe, and know your own blessedness. Attend, O my children, to the blessing of your Father; hear and know the glorious immunities and the royal prerogatives that I confirm upon you here.
Section I. The immunities and liberties of the covenant, consisting in,
I. Our general discharge from all our debts.
Here I seal you your pardons. Though your sins be as the sands, and as mighty as the mountains, I will drown them in the depth of my bottomless mercies; Mic. 7.19 I will be merciful to your unrighteousness; I will abundantly pardon. Heb. 8.12; Isa. 55.7 Where your sins have abounded, my grace shall super-abound; though they be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though red like crimson, they shall be as woo1. Isa. 1.18 Behold, I declare myself satisfied, and pronounce you absolved; Job 33.24 the price is paid, your debts are cleared, your bonds are cancelled. Col. 2.13-14
Whatever the law, or conscience, or the accuser has to charge you with, here I exonerate you; I discharge you. I, even I, am the one who blots out your transgressions for my name’s sake. Isa. 45.25 Who shall lay anything to your charge when I acquit you? Who shall impeach or implead you when I proclaim you guiltless? Rom. 8.33-34 Sons, daughters, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you; 1John 1.12; Mat. 9.2.
I will sprinkle your consciences, and put the voice of peace into your mouths; Ezek. 36.25; Heb 4.14; Isa 57.19 they shall be your registers in which I will record your pardon; and the voice of guile, wrath, and terror shall cease. Heb. 10.22; Isa. 27.4-5.
II. Our release;
1. From the house of bondage.
Here I sign your release from the house of bondage. Rom 6.17-18; 1Cor 7.21 Come forth, you captives; come forth, you prisoners of hope, for I have found a ransom. Job 33.18,24 I proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. Isa 56.1; 47.7 Behold, I have broken your bonds, shaken the foundations of your prisons, and opened the iron gates. Act 12.6,10 By the blood of the covenant, I have sent the prisoners out of the pit in which there is no water. Zech 9.11 Arise, O redeemed of the Lord; put off the raiment of your captivities; Deut 21.13 arise, and come away.
2. From the dark and noisome prison of sin.
The dark and noisome prison of sin shall no longer detain you; John 8.34-36 I will loose your fetters, and knock off your bolts; sin shall not have dominion over you. Rom 6.14.
I will heal your backslidings; I will subdue your iniquities; Mic. 7.19. Jer. 3.12 I will sanctify you wholly, 1Thes. 5.23-24 and put my fear in your hearts so that you shall not depart from me. Jer 32.40 Though your corruptions be strong and many, yet the aids of my Spirit, the cleansing virtue of my blood, and the medicine of my correction, shall so work together with your prayers and endeavours that they shall not finally prevail against you, but shall surely fall before you. Ezek. 36.37; Eph. 5.29. Isa. 27.9.
3. From the gaol of the grave.
From the strong and stinking gaol of the grave, I deliver you. O death, I will be your plague; O grave, I will be your destruction; Hos. 13.14 my beloved shall never see corruption. Psa 16.10 I will change your rottenness into glory; and make your dust arise and praise me. Dan. 12.2-3; Isa. 26.19 What is sown in weakness, I will raise in power; what is sown in corruption, I will raise in incorruption; what is sown a natural body, I will raise a spiritual body. 1Cor. 15.42-44 This very flesh of yours, this corruptible flesh, shall put on incorruption; and this mortal shall put on immortality; 1Cor. 15.53 death shall be swallowed up in victory, and mortality of life. 2Cor.5.4; 1Cor. 15.54 Fear not, O my children; come and I will show you the enemy that you dreaded: see, here lies the king of terrors, like Sisera in the tent, fastened to the ground with the nails struck through his temples. Behold the grateful present, the head of your enemy in a charger: I bequeath to you your conquered adversary, and make over death as your legacy. 1Cor.3.22 O death, where is your sting? Where now is your armour in which you trusted? 1Cor. 15.55 Come, my people, enter into your chambers; Isa. 26.20 come to your beds of dust, and lay down in peace, and let your flesh rest in hope, Isa. 57.2 for even in this flesh you shall see God. Psa 16.9; 19.25-27 O you slain of death, your carcasses now as loathsome as the carrion in the ditch, I will redeem you from the power of the grave; Psa 49.15 and fashion those vile bodies like the glorious body of your exalted Redeemer. Phil. 3.21 Look, if you can, on the sun when shining in his strength; with such dazzling glory I will clothe you, O you of little faith. Mat. 13.43
4. From the dungeon of eternal darkness.
From the terrible dungeon of eternal darkness I hereby free you. Fear not, you shall not be hurt by the second death. Rev. 14.11; Rom. 8.1 You are delivered from the wrath to come, and shall never come into condemnation. 1Thes. 5.10. John 5.24 The flames of Tophet shall not be able to singe the hairs of your head; no, nor the smell of the fire pass upon you. Dan. 3.27 Stand upon the brink and look down into the horrible pit, the infernal prison from which I have freed you. See how the smoke of their torments ascends forever? Rev. 14.11 Do you hear the cursings and ravings, the roarings and blasphemies? Mat. 25.30 What do you think of those hellish fiends? Would you have been willing to have them for your companions and tormentors? Mat. 25.41 What do you think of those chains of darkness, or of the rivers of brimstone, of the instruments of torment for soul and body, of those weepings and wailings, and gnashings of teeth? Mat. 8.12 Can you think of an everlasting banishment, of a “Go you cursed?” Could you dwell with ever-lasting fire? Could you abide with devouring fire? Isa. 33.14 This is the inheritance you were born to, Eph. 2 3 but I have cut off the entail, and worked a great salvation for you. I have not ordained you to wrath, 1Thes. 5.9 but my thoughts towards you are thoughts of peace. Jer. 29.11
III. Our protection from all enemies:
1. From the arrests of the law.
Here I deliver to you your protection. I will save you from all your enemies; 2Kgs 17.39 I grant you protection from the arrests of the law; your surety has fully answered it. Gal. 3.13; Rom. 4.10 My justice is satisfied, my wrath is pacified, my honour is repaired. Dan. 2.24; 2Cor. 5.19-20 Behold, I am near, the one that justifies you; Isa. 1.8 who shall condemn you?
2. From the usurped dominion of the powers of darkness.
I will tread Satan shortly under you, Rom. 16.20 and I will set your feet in triumph upon the necks of your enemies. Do not let your hearts be troubled, though you wrestle with principalities and powers, and the rulers of the darkness of this world: Eph. 6.12 for stronger is he that is in you, than he that is in the world: 1John 4.4 he may bruise your heel, but you shall bruise his head. Gen. 3.15 Behold your Redeemer, leading captivity captive, spoiling principalities and powers, and triumphing over them openly in his cross. Col. 2.15 See how Satan falls like lightning from heaven; Luke 10.18 and the Samson of your salvation bears away the gates of hell, posts and all, upon his shoulders and sets them up as trophies of his victory! See how he pulls out the throat of the lion, and lifts up the heart of the traitor upon the top of his spear, and washes his hands and dyes his robes in the blood of your enemies! Isa. 63.1-3
3. From the victory of the world.
Neither its frowns nor its flatteries shall be too hard for your victorious faith. 1John 5.4; Gal.1.4 Though it raises up Egypt, and Amalek, and Moab, and its whole militia against you, yet it shall never keep you out of Canaan. Be of good comfort, your Lord has overcome the world. John 16.33 Though its temptations are very powerful, yet I will promise you this upon my faithfulness – that no such thing shall come upon you, except what you shall be able to bear.1Cor. 10.18 But if I see such trials (which you fear) would be too hard for your graces, and overthrow your souls, I will never allow them to come upon you; no, I will make your enemy serve you; and I bequeath the world as part of your dowry to you. 1Cor. 3.22.
4. From the curse of the cross.
Afflictions shall prove a wholesome cup to you; Psa 119.71 your Lord has drunk the venom into his own body; what remains for you is but a healthful potion which, I promise you, shall work for your good. Rom. 8.28 Do not be afraid to drink, nor desire that the cup should pass from you; I bless the cup before I give it to you; Job 5.17 O drink you all of it, and be thankful; Mat. 26.26-27 you shall find my blessing at the bottom of the cup to sweeten the sharpest afflictions. Jam. 1.11-12; Psa 94.12 I will stand by you in all conditions, and be a fast friend to you in every change: Isa. 43.2 in the wilderness, I will speak comfortably to you; Hos. 2.14 and in the fire and in the water, I will be with you. I will be a strength to the poor, and a strength to the needy in his distress; a refuge from the storm, and a shadow from the heat, Isa. 25.4 when the blast of the terrible ones is like a storm against the wall. Your sufferings shall not be a cup of wrath, but a grace-cup; not a curse, but a cure; not a cup of trembling, but a cup of blessing to you; Heb. 12.6-8 – they shall not hurt you, but heal you. Psa 119.1l7 My blessing shall attend you in every condition. Gen. 26.3 I say, not only shall you be blessed in your basket and blessed in your store, but you shall be blessed in your poverty, Gen. 28.15 and you shall be blessed in your straits. Not only shall you be blessed in your cities, and blessed in your fields, but blessed in your bonds, and blessed in your banishment; Mat. 19.29-30; 1 Pet. 3.14 you shall be blessed when you are persecuted, and when you are reviled, and your name is cast out as evil; yes, then you will be doubly blessed. Mat. 5.10-12 My choicest blessings, greatest good, and richest sweets, I will put into your evil things. 1Pet. 4.13-14; Luke 6.20-22 By this immutable charter, I forever place on you these happy immunities, these glorious liberties of the sons of God; in and with my covenant, I unalterably, irrevocably, and everlastingly convey and confirm them upon you.
Section II. The privileges and perogatives of the covenant.
Yes, I will not only free you from your miseries, but I will confer upon you royal privileges and prerogatives, and instate you into higher and greater happiness than you have ever fallen from. Look, I give myself to you, and all things with myself.
Behold, O you sons of men! Behold, and wonder! Be astonished, O heavens! Be moved, you strong foundations of the earth! For you shall be my witnesses. This day, by covenant, I do bestow myself upon my servants. Gen. 17.7.
1. He gives himself to us: For our God.
I will be your God forever and ever, Psa 48.14; Jer. 32.38. Rev. 21.3 your own God; Psa 67.6 nothing in the world is so much your own as I am. The houses that you have built, that you have bought, are not so much yours as I am. Here you are tenants at will; but I am your eternal inheritance: Psa 16.5; 73.20 these are loans for a season, but I am your dwelling-place in all generations. Psa 90.6 You have nowhere so great a propriety, so sure and unalterable a claim, as you have here. What do you count your own? Do you count your bodies your own, your souls your own? No, these are not your own, they are bought with a price. 1Cor. 6.19-20 But you may boldly make your claim to me; you may freely challenge an interest in me. Jer. 3.19; Isa. 63.16
2. Instead of relations, to be our friend.
Come near, and fear not; where should you be free, if not with your own? Where should you be bold, if not at home? You were never, in all the world, so much at home as when you are with me. You may freely make use of me or any of my attributes whenever you have need; Psa 1.15; Jer. 49.11; Psa 145.18 I will be all to you that you can wish; I will be a friend to you. Isa. 41.8; Jam 2.23 My secrets shall be with you, Psa 25.14; John 15.15 and you shall have all freedom and access to me, and liberty to pour out all your hearts into my bosom. Eph. 3.12; Heb. 4.16.
3. Our physician.
I will be a physician to you. I will heal your backslidings, and cure all your diseases. Hos. 14.4; Psa 103.3 Fear not; never did a soul miscarry that left itself in my hands, and would but follow my prescriptions.
4. Our shepherd.
I will be a shepherd to you. Psa 23.1; 80.1 Do not be afraid of evil tidings, for I am with you; my rod and my staff shall comfort you. You shall not want, for I will feed you: you shall not wander (to be lost) for I will restore you. I will cause you to lie down in green pastures, and lead you beside the still waters. Psa 23 I will gather you with my arm, and carry you in my bosom; and will lead on softly, as the flock and the children are able to endure. Isa. 40.11; Gen. 33.13-14 If officers are careless, I will do the work myself. I will judge between cattle and cattle. I will seek what was lost, and bring again what was driven away; and bind up what was broken, and strengthen what was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and will feed them with judgment. Ezek. 34.2-4, 16-17 I will watch over my flock by night. Isa. 27.3 Behold, I have appointed my ministers as your watchmen, and overseers that watch for your souls. Heb. 13.17; Acts 20.28 Yes, my angels shall be your watchers, and shall keep a constant guard upon my flock. Deut.3.28; 6.22 And if, perchance, the servants should sleep, Psa 34.7; Mat. 13.25, 27 my own eyes shall keep a perpetual watch over you, by night and by day. Psa 35.15; 33.18. 2 Chron. 16.9 The keeper of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps, Psa 122.3-4 nor withdraws his eyes from the righteous. Job 36.7 I will guide you with my eye, I will never trust you out of my own sight. Psa 32.8.
5. Our sovereign.
I will be a sovereign to you. The Lord is your judge, the Lord is your lawgiver, the Lord is your king. Isa. 33.22 Do not fear the unrighteousness of men; I will judge your cause; I will defend your rights. Deut. 32.86; Psa 140.12; 9.4 You shall not stand at man’s bar, you shall not be cast out by their vote; let them curse, I will bless; let them condemn, I will justify.
When you come to trial for your lives to have your eternal state decided, you shall see your friend, your father, upon the bench. Psa 1.6; Eccl. 3.16-17 Into my hands your cause shall be cast, and you shall surely stand in the judgment, and be found at the right hand among the sheep, and hear the king say, “Come, you blessed, inherit the kingdom.” Mat. 25.33-34; 10.32.
6. Our husband.
I will be a husband to you. Isa. 54.5 In loving-kindness and in mercies I will betroth you to me forever. Hos. 2.19-20 I will espouse your interest, and will be as one with you, and you with me: John 17.11, 22-23; 1John 4.15-16; Rev. 21.3 you shall be for me, and not for another; and I also will be for you. Hos.3.3 Though I found you as a helpless infant exposed in its blood, all your unworthiness does not discourage me.
Look, I have looked upon you and spread my skirt over you, and put my attractiveness upon you. Moreover, I swear to you and enter into covenant with you, and you shall be mine. Ezek. 16.4-10 Behold, I put myself out of my own power (as it were), and here solemnly, in this my marriage- covenant, give myself away to you; Jer. 24.7; 30.21-22; 31.33-34 and with myself, all things; Rom 8.32; Rev. 21.7 I will be an ever-lasting portion to you. Ezek. 44.28; Jer. 51.19; Psa 119.57 Now lift up your eyes eastward, and westward, and northward, and southward: do you not have a worthy portion, a goodly heritage? Can you cast up your riches, or count your own happiness? Can you fathom immensity, or reach omnipotency, or comprehend eternity? All this is yours. I will set open all my treasures to you; I will keep back nothing from you.
Section III. He conveys himself to us in all essential perfections and personal relations.
All the attributes in the Godhead, and all the persons in the Godhead, I hereby convey to you. I will be yours in all my essential perfections, and in all my personal relations.
I. In all his essential perfections.
1. His eternity, as the date of our happiness.
My eternity shall be the date of your happiness. I am the eternal God; and while I am, I will be life and blessedness to you. Psa 29.10-11; 146.10; 1Tim. 1.17; 1Pet. 5.10 I will be a never-failing fountain of joy, and peace, and bliss to you. Psa 36.7-9; 16.11 I am the first and the last, that was, and is, and is to come; and my eternal power and Godhead shall be bound to you. Isa. 35.l0; Jer. 32.40.
I will be your God, your Father, your friend, while I have any being. Isa. 9.6; Jer. 31.9 I have made my ever-lasting choice in dwelling with you. Psa 132.18, 14; Hos. 2.19 Fear not, for the eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. 33.27 My durable riches and righteousness shall be yours; Pro. 8.10 though all should forsake you, yet I will not forsake you. When the world and all that is in it is burnt up, I will be a standing portion for you. When you are forgotten among the dead, with everlasting loving-kindness I will remember you. Heb. 13.5. Psa 27.10; Isa. 54.10.
2. His unchangeableness, as the rock of our rest.
My unchangeableness is the rock of your rest. Mal. 3.6. Psa 62.6-7; 92.15 When all the world is like the troubled ocean round about you, here you may fix and settle; I am your resting-place. Jer. l.6; 2Chron. 14.11.
The immutability of my nature, and of my counsel, and of my covenant, are footings for your faith, and a firm foundation for your strong and everlasting consolation.2Tim. 2.19; Heb. 6.17-18 When you are afflicted, tossed with tempests, and not comforted, Isa. 54.11 put into me: I am a haven of hope, I am a harbour of rest for you; drop your anchors here and you shall never be moved. Jer. 17.13, 17; Psa 46.1-2, 6; 125.1
3. His omnipotence, for our guard.
My omnipotence shall be your guard. I am God Almighty, your Almighty Protector, your Almighty Benefactor. Gen. 15.1; 17.1
What! Are your enemies many? Psa 25.19 More are they that are with you, than they that are against you; for I am with you. 2Chron. 22.7-8; 2Kings 6.16 What! Are they are mighty? They are not all- mighty. Your Father is greater than all, and none shall pluck you out of my hands (though they may try). John 10.28 Who can hinder my power or obstruct my salvation? Isa. 63.13; Dan. 4.35; 2Pet. 2.9 Who is like the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heaven for your help, and in his excellency on the sky? I am the sword of your defence, and the shield of your excellency. Deut. 33.26,29 I am your rock and your fortress, your deliverer, your strength, the horn of your salvation, and your high tower. Psa 18.2 I will maintain you against all the power of the enemy: you shall never sink if omnipotency can support you. 1Pet. 1.5; Exod. 28.12; Heb.7.25; 9.24 The gates of hell shall not prevail against you: Mat. 16.18 your enemies shall find hard work of it. They must first overcome my victory, or enervate my omnipotency, or corrupt my fidelity, or change my immutability, or else they cannot finally prevail against you; either they shall bow, or else they shall break. Rev. 3.9; Isa. 66.4 Though they exalt themselves as the eagle, though they set their nest among the stars, even from there I will bring them down, says the Lord. Obad.4; Jer. 49.16
4. His faithfulness, for our security.
My faithfulness shall be your security. Psa 89.33-35 My truth, yes, my oath would have to fail, if you ever come off as losers by me. Isa. 54.9-10; Mark 10.29-30 I will make you confess, when you see the issue and upshot of all my providences, that I was a God worthy to be trusted, worthy to be believed, worthy to be rested in and relied upon. Psa 34.4-6, 8; 84.12; 146.5; Jer. 17.7-8; Psa 22.4-5 If you do not walk in my judgments, you must expect my threats and frowns; yes, and blows too; and you shall see that I am not in jest with you, nor will I indulge you in your sins. Psa 89.30-32, etc. Amos 3.2; 1Sam. 12.15; 1Pet. 4.17 Nevertheless, I will never take my loving-kindness from you, nor allow my faithfulness to fail. I will not break my covenant, nor alter the thing that has gone out of my lips.
5. His mercies, as our store.
My mercies shall be your store. Isa. 47.7; 63.7; Psa 119.41 I am the Father of mercies and I will be such a Father to you. 2Cor. 1.8 I am the Fountain of mercies; and this Fountain shall ever be open to you. Psa 36.9; Rev. 21.6 My mercies are very many, and they shall be multiplied towards you; Neh 9.17; Isa. 55.7 they are very great, and they shall be magnified upon you; 1Chron. 21.13; Gen. 19.19 they are very sure, and they shall be forever sure to you; Isa. 22.23 they are very tender, and they shall be infinitely tender to you. Psa 119.156; 103.4 Though the fig-tree does not blossom, nor the vine bear its fruit, nor the flock reproduce, fear not, for my compassions fail not. Hab. 3.17; Lam. 3.22 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your lives. Psa 23.6 Even to your old age I am he, and even unto your gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will hear; even I will carry and deliver you. Isa 46.4 I will make an everlasting covenant with you that I will not turn away from you, nor fail to do you good. Jer. 32.40 I swear that I will show you the kindness of God. 1Sam. 20.14-15 I can as soon forget to be God, as forget to be gracious. Psa 67.9 While my name is “Jehovah, merciful, gracious, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth,” I will never forget to show mercy to you. Psa 103.17; 34.6-7 All my ways towards you shall be mercy and truth. Psa 25.10 I have sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you; for the mountains shall depart, and the hills be moved; but my kindness shall not depart from you; nor shall the covenant of my peace be removed, says the Lord that has mercy on you.