Rags to Royals Tuesday Psalm 113:8
“He turns paupers into princes and seats them
on their royal thrones of honor.”
Psalm 113:8 (TPT)
What is grace?
I mean most of us would say we have a conceptual understanding of it at least holding to a common definition of the word known in Christian circles as God’s “unmerited favor”. We acknowledge the work of grace in our initial salvation and maybe even its presence in the way God responds to our repentance….but what is grace?
I’m on a journey discovering deeper levels of the meaning of grace aided by the pointed and inspiring writing of Brennan Manning in “Ragamuffin Gospel”.
Grace is such a wonder.
As I’ve discovered about myself, I don’t think most of us really have a grasp on how gracious God is. God is the great initiator of relationship.
He reached for us and continues to reach towards us.
There’s no demand on Him to do it He is simply compelled by His own love nature. God is love and God is grace.
In this Psalm we are instructed to praise the Lord for His kindness. In our position now after the finished work of Jesus on the cross we can understand to a new level what this Psalmist declared here about God turning “paupers into princes”. A “pauper” is a very poor person and one who “requires government relief and public charity” .
The Apostle Paul also highlighted the honoring of humanity through the offer of salvation in Romans 8 when he concludes that in receiving salvation we are not only saved, freed from the power of sin, and given the indwelling Spirit of God but also made “heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (v 17). We are restored as sons and daughters.
Salvation is the work of reconciling lost children to their Father.
The Parable of the Prodigal Son, found in Luke 15 is an illustration of the journey home to the Father for all lost sons and daughters. When the young son in this parable returns to his father’s house, the father runs out to meet him and then swiftly moves to adorning him with some important items of clothing; a robe, ring and sandals.
All of these items represent royalty in some way. The robe, noted as “the finest robe”, represents the removal of sins making the son fit to live in his father’s presence again. The ring represents authority seen elsewhere in scripture when kings gave their ring to someone it was an authorization for them to use the authority of the king (see Gen.41:42). The sandals were an item of distinction worn only by sons and not servants.
The father, depicting our Heavenly Father, did not just receive the son back but fully restored the child to a place of royalty.
It was a shocking story to Jesus’ audience and should still carry weight and awe for us today when we realize this is what God did for us and longs to do for anyone who will receive Him.
We are no longer sinners who are just saved by grace. We are sons and daughters fully restored by grace.
As Paul eludes to in Romans chapter 8, there is so much more to discover about our royalty. “Heirs of God” is a treasure I realize I do not yet comprehend.
What the Psalmist chimed about God in this Psalm in his day, we can now testify to in ours.
God takes those who have in one way or another squandered their privileges of royalty and at the moment we return to Him, fully restores us as royals. What we lost in the fall in the Garden of Eden He restores through His collaboration with Jesus on the cross. Our unfit clothing of self-righteousness, sin and shame He replaces with His righteousness.
What is grace?
Oh may we never lose its wonder.
I discuss the topic of identity as sons and daughters of God including why it matters in my book, “Servant Sons & Daughters” available everywhere online. Learn more if you like here: www.servantsonsanddaughters.com.