God’s Grace

The Old Law failed to solve the human problem of sin (Hebrews 8:7) but it did not lack for expressions of God’s undeserved love. Take, for instance, David’s stunned response to God’s promises to bless him in his kingdom.

God had just concluded a long list of blessings above and beyond all that David could imagine. In humility, he was brought to his knees and could only muster a weak “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far” (2 Samuel 8:18). What follows is another of the many helpful revelations that afford us an understanding of God’s grace.

First, David was under no delusion that he was better than anyone else, more deserving than anyone else. We should all ask “Who am I”? Who are we to receive such love and attention from the Creator of the universe? Who are we to benefit so richly from such care, comfort and consolation from so lofty a Being? What singular blessing does the God of Heaven owe us? Because a child of God is blessed does not increase his or her value; God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). God offers grace to all.

Second, God’s grace is beyond abundant. “Now what more can David say to You?” (2 Samuel 7:20). Anyone who truly understands the power of God, who truly fears God, realizes that God’s grace is readily available to anyone willing to access it (Ephesians 2:5), providing us with everything we need to stand before our Maker justified if we are willing to act upon it (cf. Ephesians 2:8, 10). What does God lack in the offering of His grace? God’s grace is complete.

Finally, grace wholly and completely originates from God. “For Your word’s sake, and according to Your own heart, You have done all these great things, to make Your servant know them” (2 Samuel 7:21). We can’t manufacture it, we can’t earn it and we certainly can’t commandeer it. It is Divinely given (2 Timothy 1:9), and given freely (Romans 5:16).

It can catch you off guard, this wonderful grace. It demands a response. It should cause us to fall to our knees, like David, and express from the deepest recesses of our soul an undying gratitude and total submission to the God of eternal grace. “Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever” (2 Samuel 8:29).

Jeff Sweeten