I hope you realize that you have a destiny to fulfill that far surpasses what you've been conditioned (by this world) to accept. Over 20 years ago, I caught a glimpse of that destiny and ran with it. My 'destiny' took me to a small Christian college in Atlanta, carried me to a Messianic bookstore in Jerusalem, Israel, and brought me to hot Florida! And my 'destiny' compels me to write. Like the Apostle Paul, I press in to this calling on my life because there's something to look forward to!
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:14
I am encouraged knowing that the heavenly prize that awaits me will far surpass the momentary, light afflictions I endure.
With this in mind, I want to encourage you to,
Blessings in Yeshua,
God is Gracious!
As you read Psalm 6, you will discover a desperate prayer that begins with an unusual request: “Lord, don’t be angry with me or consume me with your anger!” When’s the last time you prayed like that? Seriously, I can be honest here and tell you that I don’t usually start my prayers like this. But something had happened that made David fearful. What was his sin? We don’t know for sure, but we do know that David understood something about God, a truth that this generation lacks: God gets angry!
With his holistic view of God, David had also acquired a healthy fear of God. More than once, he had witnessed God’s anger and wrath and didn’t take it lightly. Yet, like all mortal men, David still sinned, and whatever it was that David had done, he was now keenly aware that God could take him out with one swift swipe. That fact, alone, seemed to scare the man of God, a man who was known to be “after God’s own heart.”
Be gracious to me, O LORD… Psalm 6:2
With that in mind, take a look at one of the Hebrew words David uses in this passage:
God has always shown grace. His greatest display of grace came in a lowly manger and died bearing our sins on a rugged cross. But it’s imperative that this generation understand that even with great grace, God still gets angry and still shows His wrath. Grace can never be an excuse to sin. David understood this, and his prayer reflected that powerful truth. But most importantly, like David, we need a healthy dose of the fear of the Lord in our lives. That, mixed with grace, will transform our prayers!
- God gets angry
- God has a wrath (rage, indignation, burning anger)
- God is gracious (shows favor, shows pity)
- God is a healer (heals, makes whole, physician)
- God waits to answer prayers
- God rescues (to remove, draw out) the righteous
- God saves (liberated, delivers, make victorious) the righteous
- God is full of lovingkindness (goodness, kindness, faithfulness)
- God hears (hear with attention or interest, grant request) the cries of the righteous
- God receives (to take, snatch, to seize, to carry away) the prayers of the righteous
You are gracious, merciful, kind, my savior, my healer, and my rescuer. But You also judge sin. Lord, forgive me for living my life in such a way that it disregards this powerful truth. In Your wrath remember mercy.
Like David, I need a healthy dose of the fear of the Lord in my life. Father, show me the same kindness that you showed your servant David. Lord, hear my prayers, once again, and receive them in Your Holy Temple!
In Yeshua’s Name, Amen.