Posted by: missionventureministries | January 20, 2014

THE MERCY OF THE LORD – Psalm 145:8

Psalm 145 vs 8 E
“The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” (Psalm 145:8) 

Not one of us deserves God’s mercy, for “we have turned every one to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6), and “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). What we deserve is death and eternal separation from the God who made us. Nevertheless, “it is because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail” (Lamentations 3:22). “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:10-11). 

It is by His mercy, not our merit, that we are saved. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5). “God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5). It is “in his great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3) 

In fact, one of the very titles of God is “the Father of mercies” (2 Corinthians 1:3). Over and over the psalmist assures us that “His mercy endures for ever” (26 times in Psalm 136:1-26; also Psalm 106:1; 107:1; 118:1; and others). His mercy is not only infinite, but eternal. 

How can one possibly reject His mercy? “Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4). Sadly, most do. Instead, the divine challenge is: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2). This should be our logical response to God’s great mercy. 

 

Source: by Henry Morris, Ph.D.

http://icr.org


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  1. Always encouraging lessons.

    I pray that you are over your cough… I still have moments where I am trying to clear stuff out… This certainly has been a tough one. I just want to get through the two tests this week and get anxious at times because I am not at my best… “Greater is He that is in me than he that is of this world.” That promise got me through another difficult time in my life and I will certainly be claiming it again plus all the promises I can cling to.

    Sandi told me that Al has double pneumonia so could use your prayers. So many people sick right now and getting secondary infections.

    My nephew Brandon was in the hospital for three days with an intestinal infections. He keeps getting sick.. He has an appointment with a specialist in Phoenix to find out why he has no immune system.

    We all need prayer. Much attack on Christians.

    Love, hugs and prayers. Susan

  2. Will put this on my clip board where I keep all my encouragement during this time Your lessons are always timely.

    Love you guys. Susan

  3. So wonderful joy and thankgiving when mercy is falling on us and prosper and rich life with Christ and be growing in as Jesus is and His love to mankind was so strong that He died for our sin and sicknes and that we will proglaim todaty by grace thanks and bless, keijo sweden

    • Thank you for your comments Keijo, all honor and glory go to our heavenly Father. Blessings!


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