“Gather ye to Me My saints, making covenant with Me over a sacrifice.” (Psalm 50:6, Young’s Literal)
Covenant – a Hebrew word that means – a league, an eating. It speaks of partaking together, that vital COMMUNION, “He that eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood”, so partaking of Him that our life is changed and merged into one with His life. Such a covenant can only be made over a sacrifice. Many have made their vows, their covenants with God, only to break them in due time. He had blessed them and they rejoiced and made their vows, but as time passes the world draws them into its mesh, and they forget the vow they made unto the Lord.
Therefore, this covenant is made OVER A SACRIFICE. It is painful, it goes deep into the marrow of our being, and it costs us everything. Just as that merchant went seeking goodly pearls, and finding that pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had to buy that pearl, so also it will cost us everything of self; our ego, our own will, ambitions, plans, wishes. All is laid out before Him, consumed upon the altar of sacrifice. Indeed, we come to know what it means to offer ourselves “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, your reasonable service,” (Romans 12:1).
Betimes, we have offered up to Him our strengths, talents, and abilities, that He might use them in glad service. It was to the Lord, yes, but I dare say we also enjoyed it; self took its portion of the glory. Then He stripped us of all the gifts and graces wherein we rejoiced, and we offer up to Him our weaknesses, it is all we have left to give, and on the altar it goes, Broken, yes, “the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise,” (Ps. 51:17). We see the vision of a broken alabaster box, with its perfume pervading the atmosphere, for there are those fallen on the Stone, broken, and there they made a covenant with God to manifest only Christ.