“David said to Gad, ‘I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for His mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into human hands.’ So the LORD sent a plague on Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell dead. And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But as the angel was doing so, the LORD saw it and relented concerning the disaster and said to the angel who was destroying the people, ‘Enough! Withdraw your hand.’ The angel of the LORD was then standing at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” (21:13-15)
This passage is beautiful. The Love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell, it goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell. This urgent cry: “Enough!” is the same heart of the Father who sent Christ for us. David knew this heart, and counted on it.
“King David replied to Araunah, ‘No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing.'” (21:24)
When the time came to set things right, David went all out. This sacrifice, and it’s cost, was a response of both fear and gratitude. The LORD had relented, for His mercy is very great.
What is my relationship with God? What fuels my sacrifices to Him? Do I trust in His mercy? Do I humbly accept His discipline? Do I believe He loves me? Do I trust Him more than I trust people?
Chronicles points to the mercy of the LORD for the endurance of Israel and Jerusalem. He remembers His covenant promises.
Here, we also catch a glimpse into David’s heart being after God’s:
“David said to God, ‘Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I, the shepherd, have sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? LORD my God, let your hand fall on me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people.’” (21:17)
He recognizes himself as a shepherd, as he was all those years ago, and his sheep are suffering. Most ancient kings would not care, but David shouts, “take me instead!” Just as the LORD, when He sent Jesus.
Consider His mercy and love. What will be your response today?