MONDAY, JUNE 29
Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:12-16
2 Samuel 7 is where God gave David his covenant of Sure Mercy. Verses 12-15 state, “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.” Here, God spoke to David about his son Solomon and redeemed his future failure with Bathsheba – four chapters before David ever got there. God looked ahead, saw the failure, redeemed it before David ever got there and offered the Sure Mercies to David as a covenant guarantee. The covenant of Sure Mercy is God’s weed-eater! It promises to restore any condemnation that is in our hearts. The promises bring the fullness of forgiveness and freedom. The question is, will we accept it? Will we say yes to it? That is what God is waiting for. David said yes when he needed it! David repented and asked for mercy. God granted it! He prayed and God gave him victory – God gave Jerusalem back to David. Does our heart condemn us? Mercy triumphs over judgment! Use the weed-eater and get the weeds out! Receiving mercy means forgiving ourselves!