…rely on Him at all times, you people…
No wonder that David could boldly, confidently, give such an order to his people in Psalm 62:8…he knew the Character and Nature of the One to be trusted and had been the recipient, the beneficiary of His Mercy and Grace countless times, of which we read only a sampling. Like the apostles Paul and Peter, David knew intimately “the God of ALL Grace” (I Peter 5:10), the One Who declared to the often-afflicted apostle: “My Grace is sufficient for you…[sufficient against ANY danger…]” (II Corinthians 12:9). The king was well-acquainted with this amazing, abundant, free, non-meritorious gift that never runs out.
… receive God’s overflowing Grace …
Because He is trustworthy and can be relied upon to do all that He says He will do, we can confidently receive from Him; not timidly but with hands wide-opened….at all times and for all things, no matter what has transpired in our lives: “For if because of one man’s …offense death reigned through that one man [Adam], much more surely will those who RECEIVE God’s [superabounding], overflowing Grace … and free gift of Righteousness [putting them in right standing with Himself] reign in life through the One Man Jesus Christ…” (Romans 5:17) This Grace is free and abundant, always undeserved, with absolutely no merit on our part. In other words, we are “qualified” to receive it simply because of our being and standing in Him, the God of all Grace (Romans 5:2; Col.3:3).
… and the free gift of Righteousness…Let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case that you may be justified (proven right). Click To Tweet
Again, we do nothing to merit this gift either. If we fail miserably – or even “a little bit” – and are having trouble approaching the Lord of Mercy and Grace, let’s remember what the Father of mercies and the God of all Grace has commanded us: “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be a white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) Then in Isaiah 43:26: “Put me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits];” – which come solely through the Blood of Jesus Christ – “let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case that you may be justified (proven right).” This is amazing! The Supreme Judge of Heaven’s Court implores us, sinners saved by Grace, to come before Him and present our case and what we have done against His Will….so that HE can prove us to be “JUSTIFIED, proven right” because of what HE has done on our behalf and our simply trusting in that Atonement and payment.
Even before the Cross, Abraham believed God and was considered righteous (Genesis 15:6)
It’s a worthy and beautiful meditation to consider the heart and mindset of Abraham. Four thousand years before the Finished Work was made manifest on the Cross of Calvary, the father of our faith trusted in the Character and Nature of God; he was totally confident that without any merit of his own, the Lord wanted to give to and fulfill for him an inestimably precious and powerful promise. By that one act of believing God, His Righteousness was imputed to him and he was placed in right standing with God forever! All this happened totally apart from the Law, proving what the Apostle Paul would later write to the Christians in Rome: “…a man is justified and made upright by faith independent of and distinctly apart from good deeds (works of the Law)…” (see Romans 3:21-28)
…good stewards of the many-sided, [multi-colored] Grace of God (1 Peter 4:10)
When we begin to grasp the magnitude of this gift of Grace and see it offered freely from Genesis to Revelation, we might be constrained to pray, Oh, Lord, give me Grace to be a faithful steward of this Grace, a ready receiver of it, not just for myself but for many who don’t know that it is available to them, too. Christians are often asked, “Why does God allow so much suffering – even among those who love and serve Him?” One answer we could offer is that we would never come to know intimately “the God of all Grace” if we had no need of Grace in times of trouble and suffering. The Apostle Paul attested that “all…things are [taking place] for your sake, so that the more grace…extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase and [redound] to the Glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:15) We see in Ephesians 1:6 also the connection between the Grace and the Glory of God: “[So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of [the Glory of] His Grace…”. Therefore, the “all things that are taking place” in our lives, whether comfortable or disconcerting, are intended to unfold to us a facet of Grace that we never knew before; and with each new “side” revealed, we are getting to know the One Who IS Grace all the more intimately. The Apostle Peter likewise comforts and encourages us with his words regarding the relationship of Grace to suffering: “After you have suffered a little while, the God of all Grace…, Who has called you to His eternal Glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.” (1 Peter 5:10)
…God is able to make ALL GRACE abound…ALWAYS… (2 Corinthians 9:8)
In terms of learning of, relying on, and receiving Grace, the little word “all”, along with such relatives as “always” and “every”, becomes very meaningful and precious to us. Again Paul emphatically makes the all-encompassing, all-inclusive nature of Grace known to us: “And God is able” – and desires – “to make ALL Grace (EVERY favor and early blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may ALWAYS and under ALL circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for EVERY good work…].”
What then shall we say to [all] this?…God is for us… (Romans 8:31a)
Ezra got ahold of this truth, too, years before Paul penned the words above: “…grace has been shown us by the Lord our God, Who has…given us a secure hold in His holy place, that our God may brighten our eyes and give us a little reviving in our bondage.” (9:8) Yet now, because of Jesus Christ’s suffering and work on the Cross, and because of His resurrection and ours with Him, we have “the power of an endless Life” in Him, giving us more than just “a little reviving” but rather unending, unlimited resurrection Life! Furthermore, we are no longer in bondage to all that is old – the Law, sin, the old sin nature, harmful habits and all else that is associated with the old man and “old things” that have passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17); we are finally, conclusively FREE! firmly standing in Grace and in the liberty which that Grace has afforded us, because ALWAYS, at ALL times, under EVERY circumstance, in ALL things God is able to make ALL Grace abound to us. Let’s abundantly receive and firmly rely on this Great Gift while it is still the Age of Grace.