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The Underserved, Reckless Love of God

On Sunday, Keith did a tremendous job of telling us about the story of David returning the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. I encourage you to read 1 Chronicles 13-15 in its entirety for a complete understanding. At the end, we find David celebrating who God is and what God has done for him and Israel. King David was “skipping about and laughing with joy.” (1 Chronicles 15:29)

I’m reminded of the worship song Reckless Love.  The chorus says:

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found
Leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it
I don’t deserve it
Still You give yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

I think this must have been some of what David was thinking as he celebrated the return of the Ark to Jerusalem. It had been staying at the house of Obed-edom because when they tried to move it before, they had disobeyed God and His anger burst out against them. But while it stayed at Obed-edom’s house, his house was blessed and prospered because of it. 

In 1 Chronicles 17, David fully understood how much God had blessed him and wrote out a prayer of thanks to God. He said, “Who am I… that you brought me this far?” David understood there was nothing he did or could do to earn the blessings the Lord. God had defeated other nations, made him a great and well know warrior, given him the throne, and promised his dynasty would rule forever. God followed through on His promise through Jesus Christ, but that is a topic for another blog post.

David danced and skipped and praised God for who God was and who David was because of it.  He fully understood the overwhelming, never-ending, recklessness of the love God had for him. 

We have that same love offered to us today.  We don’t deserve it, can’t earn it, and yet we still receive it.

Do you live like God loves you that much? Does it make you skip and laugh with joy? I hope it does.

See, we have been blessed with forgiveness, mercy, and grace that we don’t deserve. We have been blessed with never-ending love. We have been promised a future with the King of the Universe and nothing can take that away from us. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we have been blessed with God’s presence in our lives. Now it’s our job to understand it, as best as our feeble human minds can, and dance in the streets because of it.

I hope your prayer to God is often one of thanksgiving saying, ‘Who am I?,” but understanding that it doesn’t matter who you are because God loves you anyway.

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Heath is serving as the Executive Pastor of Adult Discipleship at SoHills. He is the husband of Karen and father of Reese (5) and Vivian (3). He is a lover of God, the outdoors, sports, and good food. Heath is passionate about helping people learn about themselves and discover how God loves them.

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