March 24 - A Gracious God

By Darwin Hayes

Today's Scripture: Psalm 67:1

Central Thought: Because God has been gracious to us, we should be gracious to others.

    Psalm 67 is a Psalm that the people of Israel used to sing at the harvest festival. It is a song of thanksgiving for God's grace upon His people. It begins with the gracious blessings of God and ends with the same gracious blessings.

    Grace offers us an opportunity to receive what we do not deserve. The most important opportunity it offers is salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9). God's grace alone saves us, and that rules out all human merit. The throne of grace puts us all on neutral ground, requiring only our faith in the Savior, who is the source of this grace (John 1:17).

    No matter how bad our circumstances may seem, no situation is too hopeless for the grace of God. Look at it this way. Since God is a God of justice, and since we all fall short of His standards, He should destroy us (Romans 3:23)—but He doesn't. When He sees us through Jesus Christ, He sees us as righteous, because Jesus took away all of our sins and became our righteousness.

    Receiving God's grace through Jesus Christ is a blessing. When we receive His grace, we can be assured that it will be sufficient for us—not only for our salvation but also for whatever need we have in life (2 Corinthians 12:9). And since God has been so gracious to us—especially when we did not deserve it—why not be gracious to others?

Devotional Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your grace in my life. May I be gracious to others, even to those who may not seem to deserve it.

Today's Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29; Luke 6:12-38; Psalm 67:1-7; Proverbs 11:27