For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
(2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJV)
Today we continue sharing lyrics from one of our songs called The Blessing, from our second EP titled “If My People...”
We have our own musical arrangement of the Aaronic Blessing in Numbers 6:24-26. For the next few days, we continue to break down the blessing phrase by phrase. In order to bring it to life, we will refer to the Hebrew aspects of the blessing. Today we look at the phrase, "and be gracious to you."
The Hebrew word for grace is "hanan." It means "a heartfelt response by someone who has something to give to those in need." In the Aaronic Blessing the giver of the gift is God, and we are the receivers who need His gift. His gift is not given because of anything that we have earned or negotiated, but purely out of His generous mercy. God willingly favors us with his love, mercy, grace, presence and other blessings entirely because he chooses to pour his mercy upon us!
None of us deserves God’s favor, or to be called His children, yet He loves us and cares for us so much that He wants us to live forever with Him. When God is gracious to us, He’s showing us unmerited favor. Our response is to receive it with gladness and gratefulness.
Open His gift of grace to you today.
Lord, Your grace is amazing. What a wonderful gift You have given to us. We are forever grateful for the undeserved favor that you have bestowed upon us to be called Your children. Amen.
"Our righteousness is in Him, and our hope depends, not upon the exercise of grace in us, but upon the fullness of grace and love in Him, and upon His obedience unto death." - John Newton