I think every mom could tell you that one of the most difficult traits to “cure” your toddler of is selfishness. They always want their toys, their food, their way, “mine mine mine”, etc.
One of the constant reminders I give to one of my sons (no need for name calling) is “share your toys” and when I see the act of generosity take root in his little heart – even for a second – I comment him for that. When that generosity spills forth from his life – from our lives – we are shorting something of our heavenly Father to the world. We bear his image of abundance.
When David calls on God to act according to his character – he doesn’t just ask for mercy – which of course would be plenty – but David begs God that he would act according to his abundant mercy. To his overflowing, spilling out all over the place, no room left for any more, bursting at the seams mercy.
And you know what – God answers David’s prayer. He gives him this abundant mercy – extravagant mercy – generous mercy that he was asking for. And that’s what He did for us. God chose to radically and abundantly show us truly amazing mercy in the gift of Jesus. The one who birthed the stars was born of a virgin – in a stinky stall. All for sinners who would reject Him.
Oh, Father help me to be mindful of this outpouring the next time I’m tempted to be less than generous.
For further reading: James 1:17, Matthew 7:9-11
“You can never love without giving.” – Amy Carmichael