Our Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and rich in mercy. He does not treat us as our sins deserve! Hallelujah! Every morning I desire to get up and thank the Lord for the grace He has given me. We don’t belong here. We don’t deserve His blessing, His favor. We aren’t worthy of the call. Our righteousness is like filthy rags. We have missed the mark. Our spiritual bank account has in-sufficient funds. Our heart is diseased. Our hands can’t produce anything that will last. Our money won’t buy us what we need. Our joy will run out. Our peace and our lives are like vapors that are here today and gone tomorrow. What good can come from me?
BUT [and its a big bold but] God has looked upon you and He looks upon me and He delights in us.
GRACE. The greatest mystery, of all mankind, is why a righteous, Holy God would look upon a rebellious, wicked world and desire it above all else. Why would He spare us when we deserve death?
David, a man after God’s own heart, is in hiding. Who is he hiding from? Was it...
b. The Philistines
c. David’s king/father-in-law who he loved and served with all his heart
d. Professor Plum: with the revolver in the billiard room
Is that your final answer? Join us next time on abc’s newest gameshow: “Who wants to be a son-a-law of a cereal killer.” (I’m not talking about Saul demolishing a box of Captain Crunch. But we see that Saul was after David’s Lucky charms...he wasn’t playin any Trix...and I’m pretty sure he wanted to frost David’s flakes if you know what I mean...haha don’t read into that too extensively.)
I don’t want to milk this out and some would say this is a bunch of bowl...it blows my mind how David treats a man who deserves to be given a beat down. David had every right to just end it. Saul’s life was given into his hands. I can just hear all of his friends shouting in expectation. “Finish him David!” “Give him what he deserves!!” “Take your rightful place as the King, remove this joker from his throne!” Amidst all the voices David probably heard, he spares Saul’s life in the cave. He cuts off a corner of his robe and even feels convicted for doing that. Then David’s heart cries out:
And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.” So David restrained his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul. And Saul got up from the cave and went on his way. ~ 1 Samuel 24:6-7
I see why David was given the title “a man after God’s own heart”. This blog has two messages.
#1. We need to look upon leaders, authority figures, family members and people with the same love that was given to us by our Father in Heaven. That we would honor them even when they are not honorable. That we would believe and call out the good that He has placed in them even while they are living wickedly.
#2. What will you do with the grace your Father has shone you.
David didn’t react the way a normal man would, he had the Spirit of God in him. The same spirit that was in Jesus while He lived as a man in the world. Jesus was confronted by the “religious people” of the city who caught a woman in the very act of adultery. They dragged her to Jesus to see what he would do to punish her. The Law said that such a woman should be killed by stones. Jesus said, “Let the man who has never sinned throw the first stone.” Then all the men dropped their stones and left, while Jesus looks at the woman and says, “where are your accusers? Get up and leave this life of sin.” It's crazy how Jesus and the accusers wanted the same thing. They both wanted her to stop sinning. The accusers way ended in death BUT [and its a big bold but] Jesus' way ended in life and restoration.
GRACE is the doorway to REPENTANCE.
Repentance without grace is religious and powerless, it can not be done. When we step into a life of grace it ushers us into transformation. It’s a 180 degree turn onto God’s path of fullness and power. You can’t have the fullness without genuine repentance and you can’t have genuine repentance without grace. Grace is the doorway to repentance and repentance is the key to His fullness. He’s the only one who can change you and heal you and it’s a continual grace, a continual cleansing and purification that we might inherit the fullness of all the things He has planned for us from the very beginning. It’s a grace we continually need, every moment, everyday, to be washed in His blood and renewed by His Spirit.
Saul experienced grace but it never caused him to repent or change. In fact the more grace he was shone, the more stiff and rebellious he became. This is not the king that God had desired and this is not the Christian life that God desires for us either.
We wake up with His grace and it causes us and enables us to become the people of God. Not by works so that no one can boast for we are GOD’S WORKMANSHIP. It’s all about HIS GRACE, HIS WORK in us. Not in our strength, ability, determination or righteousness.
Psalm 63 is the prayer for today. “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you...” Your love is better than Life!!! I think of you through the watches of night because you are my help... My soul clings to you; you hold me in your hands! Thank You for your grace today Lord, enable your people to walk in your paths of righteousness and may we arise as the people of God, the people the Lord has blessed, Amen!