September 27, 2023
- By Ed Powell
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"...he rescued me because He delighted in me." Psalm 18:19
What in all the world could God see in any of us that would cause Him to delight in us? We, who were such an abomination to Him because of the sin that was rampant in our life...whose lives were centered in, and controlled by "self' with all of its lust and desires. Can you even conceive that God in His holiness would look down upon us with anything but wrath and judgment?
Certainly, when we take a rational look at this, we must cry out with David, "What is man that thou art mindful of him" (Psalm 8:4). O, the magnitude of God's grace, the infinite condescending love of God, His fathomless mercy that withholds the fury of His judgment, which we rightly deserve. "BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, and hath raised us up together, and made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:4-6).
But there is more! Because He delighted in me, He delivered me! From what, some may ask? We need only to look at Calvary and see the debt He paid for your sin and mine. The heinousness of our sin is only exceeded by the all-sufficient grace of God. How beautifully it is expressed in this beloved hymn. "Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt. Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured, there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, freely bestowed on all who believe! You that are longing to see His face, will you this moment His grace receive?"
Yes, He delivered me not only from the penalty of my sin, but also from the power of sin. How blessed to have the assurance of being FORGIVEN, SET FREE, DELIVERED, SAFE IN HIS ABOUNDING LOVE!
But there is more! "He brought me forth also into a large place." And what is this "large place?" It is the presence of God...access to the Holy of Holies, WHERE HE IS! We can come into His very presence anytime, anywhere, for whatever reason and bare our hearts before Him in praise, adoration, and thanksgiving. A place ever so large...to encompass all of our need...to encourage our every concern...to heal our every hurt...to bind up our every heartache...to minister to us in His loving care. There is never a time when His heart is not open to us! "I will never leave thee or forsake you...I am with you always." WHY? Because of His amazing grace and love.
Meditate on these profound words by Annie Johnson Flint: "He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater; He sendeth more strength when the labors increase. To added affliction He addeth His mercy; to multiplied trials, multiplied peace. When we have exhausted our store of endurance; when our strength has failed ere the day is half done. When we reach the end of our hoarded resources, our Father's full giving is only begun. His love has no limit; His grace has no measure; His power has no boundary known unto men. For out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!" Ah, this is the "large place" He brings us into...the REALITY OF HIS PRESENCE! WHY? "...because He delighteth in me."
© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.
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