Unexpected Grace

God is Gracious

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Psalm 6:2  Be gracious to me, O Lord…

Somewhere back in the 18th century a man named John Newton wrote one of the most beloved songs of the Christian church. It is simply entitled Amazing Grace. Three centuries later Chris Tomlin took that song and added a chorus to it. When sung together it is one of the most powerful expressions of worship based on God’s grace that I get to sing. Take a moment and listen to it.

https://youtu.be/Jbe7OruLk8I

Sometimes in the midst of trials we forget or ignore the grace of God. We do not recognize that even the trials of life are expression of God’s grace. John Newton recognized that truth when he wrote, Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise physician prescribes because we need them; and he proportions the frequency and weight of them to what the case requires. Let us trust in his skill and thank him for his prescription.

When we are caught up in the emotions and pain of life’s trials, we can cry out to God, Be gracious to me, O Lord. But we will only do that if we first recognize some key principles of truth:

  1. That we are not deserving of God’s response. God’s graciousness is available only to those who confess their helplessness. (vs. 2a)
  2. That God is fully capable of bringing about a glorious outcome. (vs. 2b)
  3. That God is Sovereign and determines the conditions and terms of the outcome.
  4. That God determines the timing of the outcome. In Psalm 6:3 David asks, But you, O Lord – how long?
  5. That God’s steadfast love never ceases and is always working for our salvation. (vs. 4)

One of the great blessings of being a part of a church that understands the graciousness of God is that the members of Christ’s body minister to one another in times of need. Last night when I arrived at the church for our Wednesday night activities, there was a note shoved under my office door. Now I must confess that notes shoved under doors generally produce anxiety.

When I opened the note from one of my dear sisters in the Lord, it blessed my heart. It encouraged me to sing songs to chase the clouds away, and then quoted the words to a Psalm-Song.

  • I will call upon the Lord, Who is worthy to be praised. So shall I be saved from my enemies. I will call upon the Lord.

My mind immediately kept singing – The Lord liveth, and blessed be the Rock and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

I was so encouraged. The Lord had shown His amazing grace to me through a fellow member of His body. How blessed I am to be a part of a real church that understands the grace of God.

So call out to the Lord. But be prepared. The expression of His grace may come from an unexpected place.

Pastor John

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