Words from the Heart for Friday March 29th, 2019
David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.”
2 Samuel 24:14 (NIV)
His Mercy is Great
As families stood in court last month to share stories of their unending grief over the dead and the injured in the Humboldt Broncos crash, there was talk of forgiveness but also of incredible anger. Christina Haugan, the widow of Coach Darcy Haugan spoke directly to Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, the truck driver who blew through the stop sign in rural Saskatchewan last April, and told him she holds no ill will. She was firm with Sidhu, and expressed her pain, but because of her Christian faith she said, “I want to tell you I forgive you.”
In King David’s day, a king’s power was determined by the size of his army. Israel was to be different. The Lord God was the one who would guarantee their victories. They were simply to trust. Other kings trusted in their chariots and horses, but Israel was to trust only in the name of the Lord. Which is why God was so upset when David ordered a census of his army. Pride had entered into Israel generally and David particularly. When the census was over and the number of troops had been counted, David was overcome with guilt. 2 Samuel 2:14 records, “David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” God brought a terrible plague upon Israel for their pride. It is one of the greatest sins, for it says that we don’t need the Lord. As God’s people, redeemed by the blood of Christ, we need to constantly be walking in gratitude for every good and perfect gift. All we have is because of His grace.
These have been words from the heart.