Good thing I got a head start on my reading plan last week, ’cause I didn’t necessarily anticipate not getting into routine until the end of the first week of 2018. But a quick trip to the homeland consumed with kids and grandkids has a way of doing that to you. Great way to start the New Year . . . but glad to be back “in the saddle” this morning.
Hovering over Psalm 5 this morning . . . and chewing on what seems to me to be a definition of grace from the songwriter’s prayer.
But I, through the abundance of Your steadfast love, will enter Your house. I will bow down toward Your holy temple in the fear of You.
(Psalm 5:7 ESV)
How’s that for a definition of grace: the abundance of God’s steadfast love. The King James translates it “the multitude of Thy mercy.” The NIV’s similar, “Your great mercy.” And the NASB, “Your abundant lovingkindness.” Translate the noun how you will, but the adjective has the same idea, it was out of the overflow of God’s love, mercy, and kindness, that David could enter His house.
That David could even draw near God’s holy temple was because of the abundance. That he knew God well enough to bow in reverent awe, due also to the abundance.
David would confidently cry out in petition in the morning; believe that the Almighty would give ear to his groanings; be confident that God would respond to his voice; all because of the abundance. Because of God’s grace.
And if proximity and petition is evidence of the abundance, how much more presence?
Through the blood of Jesus we draw not just near the place where the glory dwells, but we confidently enter into the holy of holies. The finished work of Christ sufficient to rend the curtain from top to bottom. The once for all sacrifice of Christ able to cleanse completely, taking garments stained with sin and making them as white as snow. The perfection of Christ credited to the account of all who own Him as Savior and Lord, so that we enter clothed in His righteousness–holy, even as He is holy. That’s the abundance of God’s steadfast love. That’s grace.
If David was picking up on the abundance, how much more should I? If God’s unmerited favor for the king of Israel moved him from meditation to exultation, if it took his morning prayer and turned it into meaningful praise, if it converted his reflection into rest, then how can it not do the same for those who have known, to a whole next level, “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich” (2Cor. 8:9)?
Rich. That’s us as believers. Those who know the abundance. Participants in God’s overflowing favor. Blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places, the riches of His grace lavished upon us (Eph. 1:3, 7-8).
All according to the abundance of His steadfast love.
All because of grace.
All for His glory.