Humility: The Key to Grace

“David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD’…”2 Samuel 12:13

Yesterday we looked at the story of King David and how God’s response to him was full of grace.  But there is a key verse in this whole story that can help us unlock an important aspect of God’s grace.  That key is found in 2 Samuel 12:13.  This is David’s response to God’s rebuke through the prophet Nathan.  So what does David do in this verse that is so important?  He humbles himself before God and confesses his sins.  David doesn’t try to hide what he has done from God and stops running from his situation.  He finally surrenders to God and God responds to him with grace.

Apply this same principle to your life.  Scripture blatantly tells us at least 3 times that God only gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34, James 4:5, 1 Peter 5:5).  Don’t misunderstand this point.  We DO NOT earn God’s favor and grace through our humility; these gifts are freely given.  However, we can’t receive that grace if we’re not in a position of humility.  The problem lies with us, within our heart.  A proud heart sees no need for grace and has no room for it.  But, a broken and contrite spirit God “will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).  If we stop running from our sin, stop trying to cover it up, bring it humbly to the feet of God, on account of the sacrifice of Jesus, and confess our transgressions (1 John 1:9) from a broken, contrite, and humble heart then what is true for David will be true for us as well, we will be washed whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7).

If you need help understanding what it means to come before God with a broken and contrite heart, just read Psalm 51 and follow David’s lead.

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