God rescued you for a relationship
From Psalms: A 28-Day Devotional
You enjoy your home, and the car is nice, but the payments are a burden. Maybe, there is the student loan and some credit card debt added to the mix. You work hard to stay ahead of the obligations, but the interest grows and you feel the weight of the debt hanging over your head like a great stone suspended by a mere thread.
It’s easy to feel that way about our sin as well, but unlike these financial obligations, when God saves us, there is no form of repayment required from us.
When God saves us, there is no repayment required.
David sings to God for lifting him “out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire” (Psalm 40:2). Like David, we were all born into sin, yet God rescued us from the debt that comes with it. He sent His son, Jesus, who paid our sin debt on the cross and does not require any payment in return.
Why would God do something this extravagant? For His glory and our good. Jesus paid our debt so we could have a relationship with God.
God wants to spend time with us and show us His greatness (Psalm 40:5). Sin separated us from God, but when we put our faith in Jesus that distance is removed. Like David, we are filled with hope. The change is so significant that others take notice and start to put their trust in the Lord as well (Psalm 40:3).
Just like we can't fathom receiving a new home or car for free, we often find it hard to believe God requires no repayment for this incredible gift. The fact is Jesus paid our debt in full. We could never repay Him, nor do we need to.
The only thing left to do is to get to know this generous God and share our story with others (Psalm 40:9-10). As we do, we discover the faithful, merciful God that David knew. And like David, we, too, take joy in doing His will (Psalm 40:8).
- Do you ever feel like you owe God something? Why is that?
- What are some ways we try to pay God back for salvation?
- Who do you know who needs to hear the good news of God’s love? Ask God for an opportunity to share your story with that person this week.