February 25, 2008, 5:00 am
Filed under: Devotions


Have you ever heard the expression, “It’s like tring to drink out of a fire hydrant”? Well this guy up top is trying to do just that. The phrase is meant to express that you are limited in your capacity to take in what is being given to you; whether that be material to study in a class, tasks to balance at work, or in the case of Psalm 40, the ability to comprehend the amount of grace that God has given.

Psalm 40:11 says, “As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!”

Do you understand what David is saying here? God, the maker of everything, who is completely sovereign, the immortal and only true God, he promises not to limit or restrain his favor toward us! How is that possible? Aren’t we sinful people?

Well…the good news, is that this awesome and HOLY God chose to send his only son, who had equality with Him in heaven, to come as a baby, live without sin, and yet die on a cross, bearing the guilt of all who would trust in His work for them.

David had placed his trust in God alone for his salvation. He knew that he was unworthy of God’s favor because of his sin, which separated him from God, who “is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (I John 1:5)

If you have confessed your sins to God, and have placed your hope for salvation in Jesus Christ, you can be assured that your sins, every one of them , is forgiven. And now, you stand before God, justified, not guilty, and you can bask in God’s undeserved favor for the rest of your days, and on into eternity.

How good God is! How amazing that He saves sinners like me and you!

May the result of remembering this truth lead us to live out verse 16, “But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”


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