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To be honest, I do not always want God to treat me according to my righteousness. David, in his younger days, was so excited about God protecting him according to his righteousness.  Still, in the end–I am so grateful that God is equally merciful and full of grace.  

There is a great sense of peace, when we submit to his leadership and follow his ways. David felt unstoppable.  He knew God would be there whatever the danger; whatever the need.  He also knew that God would deal with his enemies–their deceit and evil would haunt them and cause their demise. 

Still, in the midst of that, God looks at each of us and deals with us justly, but mercifully.  Like any father, he weighs the costs of our choices and allows us to walk through the trials and consequences. Still, he stays with us and so many times he grants us mercy–when none is deserved. David, in later years, would come to love God for his grace and mercy. He would stand as a broken man, but venerated king–all due to God’s grace.

During this week of Thanksgiving, as we count the many gifts we have been given, the greatest of them is God’s grace and mercy. Love that restored a broken relationship of hopelessness and death; to an eternity of love and life. I am so glad God meets me where I am–but with love and an open hand.

God Bless You

The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
    according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
    I am not guilty of turning from my God.
22 All his laws are before me;
    I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have been blameless before him
    and have kept myself from sin.
24 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
    according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
    to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
    but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
27 You save the humble
    but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
28 You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
    my God turns my darkness into light.
29 With your help I can advance against a troop[e];
    with my God I can scale a wall.