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JUSTICE, RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND GRACE

Today’s readings from Psalm 12 and Romans 3 are an interesting pairing. David’s complaint in Psalm 12 concerns the evil that is spewing out of the wicked. Their actions are full of violence against the poor; their hearts are full of deceit; their speech is full of flattery. We can hear our hearts in agreement with David: “Help! Squash them, God! Give them what they deserve!” But then we read through Romans 3:10-18 and the mirror reflects back at us. That pride? That lying tongue? That murderous heart? Hmm… yeah, that’s us as well. You and I will never be perfect by keeping the requirements of the law.

 

Such is the beauty of the gospel. In it we see perfect Justice, Righteousness and Grace meeting in the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Justice and righteousness, because the requirements of sin are met in Jesus’ sacrifice. Grace, because we are declared right in God’s sight when we believe in Jesus. This is true of everyone who comes to Him, regardless of where we come from.

 

Take some time today to thank God for His indescribable gift of grace!

 

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His Great Mercies

This morning you woke as usual. All through the night, without a thought from you, your heart continued beating, your lungs never failed taking in oxygen and the earth continued faithfully spinning on its axis. Most likely, you dressed and began your day without even a slight consideration as to how you had been protected from a vast variety of disasters.  There was breakfast enough, a protective roof, electricity delivered and so much more.  God has been good to us....yet we often fail to acknowledge His goodness or even be sensitive to all the blessings He brings our way.

King David knew the goodness and mercy of God. After numbering the people, something he was told NOT to do. God gives him three options of punishment from which to choose.  It was the divine equivalent of "Go choose your switch from that tree" that my parents used on me. Because David knew his Heavenly Father well, he responded, "I am in great distress; please let me fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are very great..." (1 Chron. 21:13)

Because we assume the Lord's blessings and take for granted His mercies, we fail to know Him as David did.  Many of our responses would veer from David's in one of the following ways....we might respond, "I am in great distress; please let me fall into the hand of-" (a) my bank account or (b) my significant other or (c) my talents or (d) my ministry or (e) etc,  Oh, that we would recognize God's blessings and grace in our lives and know Him well enough to fall into His hand of mercy...even when being disciplined!  

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