• Brant Wallace

Never Repay

Psalm 40:1-10 (NRSV)-

1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.

4 Happy are those who make the Lord their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods. 5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.

6 Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. 7 Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. 8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” 9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.

10 I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.


You enjoy your home, and the car is nice, but the payments are a burden. Maybe, there is the student loan and some credit card debt added to the mix. You work hard to stay ahead of the obligations, but the interest grows and you feel the weight of the debt hanging over your head like a great stone suspended by a mere thread.

It is easy to feel the same way about our sins. But, unlike financial obligations, when God saves us and secures our steps, there is no form of repayment required.

In Psalm 40, David praises God for lifting him up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and setting his feet upon a rock, thereby making his steps secure. And, like David, we were all born into sin. Yet, through Christ’s loving sacrifice, God rescued us from the debt that comes with it and does not require any payment in return.

Why would God do something this extravagant? For His glory and our good. So, Jesus paid our debt so we could have a relationship with God.

God wants to spend time with us and show us his greatness (Psalm 40:5). But, sin separated us from God. However, when we put our faith in Jesus that distance is removed and we are filled with hope. And, this change is so significant that others take notice and start to trust in Christ and confess Jesus as Lord.

Just like we cannot fathom receiving a new home or car for free, we often find it hard to believe God requires no repayment for his amazing gift of grace. Yet, the fact is that Jesus paid our sin debt in full, we can never repay Him, nor do we need to.

Today, let’s freely accept God’s incredible gift of grace and joyfully discover the faithful and merciful God that David knew.


Father God, thank you for the loving sacrifice of your son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for the eternal life and forgiveness that we have in Him. Thank you for the grace that was manifest through His selflessness and faithfulness. Knowing that we can never repay you for the incredible gift, we reaffirm our acceptance of this incredible gift of grace. In His loving name, we pray. Amen!

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