2 SAMUEL 22:17-20 – He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. He rescued me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.
THEME OF THE DAY. WHY DOES HE? Please go back and read today’s scripture. Take note of all the Lord did and was for his servant David. He came to him; He delivered him; he rescued him; He was his support; and He brought him to a safe place. There are at least five actions the Lord did for David and one thing He was for David. Now, think on your own life. Take a little trip down memory lane. Pause and give thanks to the Lord for the many times He came to you, like David; how many times He delivered, rescued and brought you to a safe place, like David. And think of the many times over the Lord has been your support in trying times. Has not God proven over and over and over His faithfulness to you? To me? To David?
Have we taken the time recently to wonder why God has showered such mercy, grace, and love upon us? When is the last time we sat down alone with the Lord and just marveled over His faithfulness to us time and time again in our lives? And has such pondering drawn us to the question, “Why?” I think all Christians will arrive at a point in their walks with the Lord that they look up to heaven and say, “Father, why would You choose me? Why would You elect me to be a grace gift to Your Son?” I hope each of us do get to that arrival point in the Christian life. I am not sure anything is more humbling and helpful in the Christian life than to be awakened to the truth that we didn’t choose God, He chose us and if He didn’t, we would not or could not choose Him. This is the beauty of being illuminated to the truth of God’s amazing and sovereign grace. It makes a Christian grateful, thankful, and walking in a life of worship when we truly grasp and believe, as Jonah the prophet proclaimed from the belly of a fish – “But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).
But as humbly and praise-producing as today’s scripture is, it is the ending of it that takes us to a deeper level of gratitude and praise. Why did the Lord show such love and mercy to David, and to us? Well, here are three reasons why He didn’t and doesn’t. First, our worthiness; no, we are not. Next, our deserving it; no, we don’t. Finally, we earned it; no, we can’t. So, why? The end of today’s verse – because He delighted in me. We may alter the verse for us to read, because He delights in us. Why does God love us? Because He does. Why does God show faithfulness to us? Because He does. Why does God give daily new mercies and grace? Because He does. Simply put – God delights us because He delights in us. Don’t figure it out, just rest in it and be in awe. And as we do, we will grow more in our delight in Him.
PRAYER: “Father, I praise You for delighting in me out of Your own good pleasure, not because I am good or worthy.”
QUOTE: “God delights in us because He delights in us. There is no other reason and we need no other reason.”