1 Samuel 12:22
“For the sake of His great name the LORD will not reject His people, because the LORD was pleased to make you His own”.
Before I explain why this verse should catch our attention, I would say…put this verse on your refrigerator, on a mirror in your bathroom, tape it to the dash of your car, and highlight it in your Bible. Take this verse and staple it to your memory, it is that important and theologically impactful.
Now, this verse talks about God giving His people mercy. He is not going to reject them and give them what they deserve. Remember the people want a king to rule over them and God (and Samuel) would not desire that because the LORD is their King. So the people, desiring a king, are rejecting God as King. So God could and should reject His people and punish them for their sin, but God in His great mercy does not reject them. This verse also shows the grace of God He extends to His people. God in His grace chose the Israelites for His own. God did not have to choose them and there was nothing in the Hebrew people that would even give God a reason to choose them. But God in His grace chose the people to be His own and give them the privileges for being the people of God. Both of these truths should be familiar to us and comforting to us.
But what I am about to say next might startle us. What is the motivator for God showing mercy and grace in this verse? The motivator for God to show mercy and grace is, His great name and His own good pleasure. Let me say that again, why does God show mercy and grace to people…because He desires the glory of His own name and it brings Him good pleasure. That means, for example, why did Jesus come to earth to die on the cross? Because God cares first about His own glory and it brought Him good pleasure in doing it. This is a startling fact to most Christians today. They think God gives us mercy and grace because He loves us and wants to save us. Let me says first, yes God does love us and does want to save us. But it is not about us and we were not God’s first motivation is His salvation. God was motivated first by what brings Him the greatest pleasure and greatest glory. The cross is first about God’s glory and His good pleasure, we are just benefactors in it. See most Christians today think God does what He does because of us. They think God works and moves because of us. They think God saves and has a plan because of us. But the Bible makes it clear that is not the case. We are merely benefactors and it is never about us first. God does what he does, did, and will do because it brings Him pleasure and is about His glory. Remember, you’re not the star of your own movie. God’s pleasure and glory are the star. God’s own pleasure and glory are why we exist and why God does what He does.