Tag Archive | god’s mercy

Psalm 96:7-9 ” Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come into His courts. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth.”

God’s mercy is extended to the whole race of mankind.  “For He is the God not only of the Jews, but of the Gentiles.” (Romans 3:29)  It also reminds us in Psalm 22:27 that someday, “all the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord.”  And as these verses today show, God is continually extending His hand to us…wooing and  beckoning us to come near and worship Him.

Psalm 21:7 ” For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.”

King David knew where his strength and confidence came from…it was in his relationship with the one true God and His unchanging kindness and mercy.  David relied on God’s wisdom rather than his own in making decisions…confident yet humble, knowing God’s Will was perfect every time,  in every situation.  Yes, David messed up some, but he was also called a man after God’s own heart for good reason.

Lamentations 3:31-32 ” For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love.”

When it comes to our relationship with God, it’s man that proves to be the unfaithful party.  For God’s merciful kindness towards us is everlasting and forever.  In Isaiah 54:7 it says, “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.”  So when you’re going  through sorrow and you don’t feel God near…remember that His deep loving compassion for you can only but gather you back up in His arms.

James 2:8 ” If you keep the royal law found in Scriptures, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’, you are doing right.”

To love your neighbor as yourself,  is an excellent example of unselfish love.  It’s a love that isn’t contrived, plays favorites, or is narrow-minded simply because the person don’t look or act like us.  Jesus Christ patterned this unselfish love for us… always looking on anyone He encountered with love and mercy.  And since the Lord has shown such great mercy towards us…how can we not show this same mercy to others?

I Kings 8:23 ” O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth below – You Who keep Your covenant of love with Your servants who continue wholeheartedly in Your way.”

Are you going through trouble and hardship today…then this is for you.  Remember, there is no one like our God.  He is a faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands. (Deuteronomy 7:9-12)  For this covenant of love we have with God is everlasting…unshakable, unbreakable, merciful, and kind.  He knows exactly what you’re going through today and He cares.

II Peter 3:15 ” Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation…”

God has the power to punish mankind…yet He refrains from doing so.  Romans 2:4 tells us it’s the riches of His kindness, tolerance, and patience that stops Him from giving us what we deserve…quite simply, Hell and eternal separation from Him.  His mercy and long-suffering are blessings we need to consider and seriously think about then, for God’s patience can last only so long…and sooner or later His judgement will come.

Psalm 86:11 ” Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.”

During the very darkest time of my life I would read  Psalm 86 in its entirety out loud every morning.  I was alone, isolated from friends and family, and in the middle of a very violent relationship.   I felt hopeless, helpless and totally alone.  As I read these words out loud, I could almost hear David reminding himself that the Lord was near.  And as he recalled all of God’s attributes…His great love, His mercy, compassion, and faithfulness, I too would be reminded of them and what God had done for me.  And in the end, just like David, this Psalm gave me the strength and courage to endure for one more day.