The Rainbow of
the Covenant

When in the could, with colours fair,
I see the cov'nant bow appear,
Its beauteous form and lovely rays
Awake my soul to love and praise.

It tells me now how firm the base,
The oath, the promise, and the grace,
Which God of old, ere time begun,
To Zion swore in Christ his son.

Dejected saint, dismiss thy fears,
Still round the throne this bow appears,
Portending peace and mercy free,
And full salvation now to thee.

It points thy soul to Jesus now;
Vindictive wrath once smote his brow,
That on thy guilty soul and mine
No storms should beat of wrath divine.

Sweet sign, that God remembers now
To guilty man his ancient vow;
But sweeter far by faith to see
A Cov'nant God, all love to thee.

Here when thy fears begin to rise,
And hope in disappointment dies,
This cov'nant bow thy fears shall quell,
'Twas made for thee in all things well.

Should sin prevail and sorrows rise,
And guilt and darkness veil the skies,
Still round the throne the bow shall be,
No sign of wrath, but love to thee.

John Kent

Genesis 9:13-16 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

Revelation 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.


Posted Aug. 2019.
background and graphics by Mary Stephens
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