My sweet friend Ginger @ Here’s My Cup Lord asked me to write about MERCY a few months ago for The Daily Mercies, and I’m finally getting around to it. (Sorry for the tardiness, Gin! But I do thank you for extending this challenge to me.) When I accepted, I didn’t know that it would prove to be such a challenge, but as I’ve consciously looked at God’s mercy for the past few months, I began to see how vast His mercy is and how freely and justly He extends it – far more than could be expressed by my simple words in a blog.
Mercy and grace are often paired together when describing some of God’s greatest gifts to us. Grace being the giving of good things undeservedly, and mercy being the withholding of bad things, also undeservedly. They go together beautifully, but I believe that mercy must be greater or at least come first, because without the gift of mercy, we would never even have the opportunity to enjoy God’s grace.
It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. ~Lamentation 3:22-23
As I studied the GOODNESS of God, I became more and more convinced that God’s goodness is epitomized in His mercy.
O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. ~Psalm 136:1
Psalm 136 says that because of God’s enduring mercy, we can know and be thankful that He is good. After beginning with a declaration of God’s goodness and his mercy, the psalm lists all the things God has done for His people and repeats 26 times that God’s mercy endures forever! Were it not for His great mercy, we would not be able to receive His great blessings.
In who He is, God is merciful.
In creation, God is merciful.
In defeating our enemies, God is merciful.
In delivering us from bondage, God is merciful.
In making the impossible possible, God is merciful.
In leading us through the wilderness, God is merciful.
In slaying the strongholds in our life, God is merciful.
In giving His children a heritage, God is merciful.
In remembering us, God is merciful.
In redeeming us, God is merciful.
In providing for our physical needs, God is merciful.
I give thanks to the Lord for He is eternally merciful!
When the Solomon’s temple was completed (2 Chronicles 5), and the congregation gathered together to restore the ark of the covenant to its rightful place, they praised God together and declared God’s goodness and mercy with amazing results:
It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God. ~2 Chronicles 5:13-14 (emphasis added)
God has a supernatural mercy both for His children and for unrepentant sinners that I cannot comprehend, yet for which I am eternally grateful. This supernatural mercy was extended to me while I was in the process of rejecting Him.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ~Romans 5:8
It continues to be extended to me now that I am one of His own. Daily He gives mercy freely and completely. Christ died for ME! and declares now that since I have received His ultimate gift of mercy, the sacrificial death of Jesus, that I am the temple of His Holy Spirit.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? ~1 Corinthians 3:16
Imagine the power we will have as Christians, when we declare that God is good and recognize that His mercy endures forever, when the glory of the Lord fills our temples so completely that our flesh cannot stand because of His glory! My challenge to myself daily, and to any of you who would pick it up, is to declare daily the mercy of God in all things, and then to walk in victory because of the glory of the Lord that will fill your temple.
Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever. ~Psalm 118:4
I’m a Believer!