Entering By Grace

Psalm 5:7 says, “But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house …”. This little half-verse is packed with significance regarding our salvation:

— In Hebrew this is literally, “But I …”. It is in the emphatic position, opening the verse. It places him in contrast to the wicked who were described in :4-6, who could not dwell with God, or stand before His eyes. David is saying, I have a different fate, a different relationship with God than they do.

— then it is immediately followed with the words: “in much/many/great Your lovingkindness (Hebrew “chesed” — rich word meaning God’s undeserved mercy, love and grace).” These words precede those which describe him entering the Lord’s house, and almost seems to be there in form because it is necessary in reality! The only way David can enter God’s house is by His grace. It is not that HE is worthy and the others are not; it is only by God’s grace. When we realize this, it eliminates boasting on our part, and results in praise to Him for all we have and are able to access with Him.

— “I will enter Your house”. This is the ultimate good; being in God’s house. It is reminiscent of Psalm 23’s concluding words, “I will dwell in the house of YHWH forever.” It is not that “the house” is the thing, but the One with whom we will fellowship in it! (Psalm 16:11, 17:15)

But Psalm 5:7 is clear. The only way you & I can be any different from others, and can enter the presence of the Lord in His house, is by His grace. Knowing that should put a song on your heart today — like it did for David in Psalm 5!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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