Not by merit but by mercy (4) by Rev. Dr. Godwin Amaowo.

Text :2Sam7:15

“But my mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul… ”

David thought of building a house for God in appreciation for His goodness towards him but God said he shouldn’t do it and handed over the responsibility to his son and successor Solomon. However, God was tremendously delighted about it and blessed him with the covenant of eternal dynasty. God is always happy when people think of doing or actually do great things for Him. Include God’s work in your plans this year and He will bless you abundantly.

One of the striking statements of the blessing was that God wouldn’t remove His mercy from the house of David as He did to Saul even if his children sinned against Him though He would punish them with the rod of men. The implication is that God’s goodness, favour, kindness, blessings, protection and grace will never leave David and his descendants. It will be disastrous for anyone from whose life the mercy of God has been withdrawn as in the case of Saul and his descendants. The consequences are terribly unpleasant.

Saul lost God’s mercy due to his failure to admit his sins and repent of them as David did. Instead of pleading for God’s mercy in 1Sam15, Saul arrogantly became more concerned about his office and in that vain attempt he mistakenly tore Samuel’s clothe and attracted more curses to himself.

David was a man of deep humility and contrition, showing remorse for his failure, with a large heart for God even after being punished for his sin. This is how to attract and keep God’s mercy permanently in our lives. Our text became David’s song in all generations, “His mercies endures forever “. May this also be ours in the Name of JESUS Christ. It is not strange for frail human beings to err but we shouldn’t pass the buck when we fail like Saul did.

Prayer : Dear Lord, please don’t remove your mercy from my house.

Happy Sunday. I declare you blessed by the mercies of

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