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!