Daily Devotional: Day 26
“And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man” (1 Chronicles 21:13, KJV).
One day, possibly out of presumption, King David ordered that the Israelites be numbered. This move, the Bible says, was provoked by Satan. God responded in anger and determined to punish the King. David, therefore, had to choose from one of three punishment options. Option A: Three years of famine. Option B: Three months destruction by David’s enemies. Option C: Three days of pestilence over the land. Classic case of “Pick your poison.” Which of these options would you choose if you were in David’s shoes? Today’s Bible verse tells us that David chose option C. What is significant isn’t David’s choice per se, because each of the options came with a heavy price. The highlight of David’s choice is his reason for choosing option C. Given the choice between falling into the hands of man versus falling into the hands of God, David chose the latter. Essentially, David said that he would rather suffer at the hands of God than suffer at the hands of men. And his reason was that very great are the Lord’s mercies. In other words, in David’s opinion, God – even in his anger – is exceedingly more merciful than any man. David was right about God. In the middle of the pestilence, the Bible says that God repented and terminated the punishment. This incident has valuable lessons for our relationship with the Father.
Your opinion of God is very important. Don’t take it lightly. Who you think God is, has consequences for your life. No matter how bad your situation is, be sure to bet on God’s great mercies. Man will only take you so far. Even your most trusted friends can abandon you when you’re down. God is delighted when you think good thoughts about him. He loves it when you think of him as very great in mercies. At a difficult time in his life, David magnified the mercies of the Lord over his failures. Would you bet your life on the mercies of your Father? Make it a habit to speak, imagine and expect that the mercies of your Father shall prevail over every misfortune in your life.
Morning by morning, my Father’s mercies are new upon me. It’s my privilege to sing of his faithfulness now and for all eternity. No matter what happens, there’s one thing I know: my Father’s goodness and mercies shall follow me all the days of my life. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
For further study: Psalm 118:1-29
In his mercies,