Thy Mercy, O Lord
Psalm 138:8 “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.”
His mercy is a wonderful character of God.
Mercy is the kindness of God to those who are sinners.
God shows mercy for mankind in general, which includes: light, heat, rain/water, food. The external mercies for life.
Matthew 5:45 “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
But to His beloved Church,……His mercies are internal, and eternal, as well.
He brings them closer by His love and Care, by the mercy He gives. This mercy includes their Salvation:
Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost”
(The first time “merciful” is used is with Lot, [Genesis 19:16] who was saved from the destruction with the rest of the wicked in Sodom and Gomorrah. “The Lord being merciful unto him”.)
The mercy of God lifts up the trembling sinner, so they can see God, in the face of Jesus Christ.
And brings comfort and knowledge of the character of God, to those who are following after…….seeking a closer relationship to God.
James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
God’s mercy completes (perfects) the work He has started within us;…….He will not desert us, because we fail Him;……..rather, in mercy, He sanctifies us……and preserves us by His Word, that we may be kept in the love of God.
Jude 20-21 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
God’s grace holds us up,……in power.
God’s mercy puts His arm around us in love,…..and keeps us close to Him and His life for us.
We, who are called to follow Christ Jesus, are called to show mercy to others,……..because God has shown it to us:
Remember Jesus telling of the Good Samaritan?
Jesus was using this illustration to a lawyer who asked how he could have Eternal Life. (Luke 10:25).
He did this to “tempt Him”.
(Now, lawyers were those who were to know the scriptures, and interpret what they meant to the everyday life.)
When Jesus asked him,…….”What is written in the law?”
(This was often the way Jesus dealt with those that should have known God’s Word…..to take them back to what it really says.)
Quite confident in his answer; the lawyer said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy souls, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.”
(Perhaps if he had left the last part out,…….he could have walked away in pride,……..but putting that last part in there, about his neighbor,……made him responsible in a way that had to be shown outwardly.
In other words, did this lawyer really believe the scriptures…..was this the way to eternal life? Then he should love God and treat his neighbor as he treated himself.)
And Jesus made this clear to him when He said, “….this do, and thou shalt live.”
Automatically the lawyer tried to defend himself against what Jesus had just told him.
“So who is my neighbor?”
Jesus then tells of the Good Samaritan.
We know the story: The Samaritan was the only one, among three, who had stopped in a place where robbers were,…….to help a robbed and wounded man.
He also paid with his own money to keep him in the inn, and for care for him.
So, Jesus asks this lawyer: Which one was the neighbor to the man that fell among thieves?
In other words, ” Which man acted in God’s Way?”
Luke 10:37 “And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus, Go, and do thou likewise.”
The scriptures never say whether this lawyer got the message Jesus preached to him…..but we should. We should be merciful, for God is merciful to us.
And what a great and wonderful characteristic of God it is!
This is mercy: The kindness of God to us, who are sinners.
And this kindness, we should show to others,……as He did to us.
Psalm 138:8 “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: Thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever: forsake not the works of Thine own hands.”
The Lord will complete my education in His school of life,
and bring me to have His likeness, by His mercy;
for His mercy endures, and lasts through my whole life experiences, and forever;
for He will never forsake His work in me.