“I am in great distress. Please let me fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are very great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man” (1 Chronicles 21:13 NKJV).


When David sinned against the Lord by calling for a census of Israel, the prophet Gad brought a word of warning to him from the Lord. God was going to judge Israel because of David’s sin, but He allowed David to choose from three possible judgments. David chose to put Israel in God’s hand. He repented of his sin and entrusted himself to God’s righteous judgment and great mercy.
Today, the Word of the Lord offers a choice to us. We may choose the mercy of God by repenting and receiving the Son of David, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior. Or we may choose to stand on our own merits and receive the judgment due our sin.
PRAYER: Dear Father, we confess our sin. For we are tempted to depend on men and numbers rather than God, just as David did. Lord forgive us according to Your great mercy in Christ Jesus. Teach us to depend on You alone. In Jesus’ name, amen.