Episodes of Appreciation: The Mercy of God
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” (Psalm 103:2, New King James Version).
This is the key Bible verse for the “Come and See” devotional today.
The mercy of God is another important free gift and we should be grateful for it, every day of our lives. Without God’s mercy or kindness, we are all doomed for destruction. The Bible declares: “through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness” (Lamentation 3:22-23, New King James Version). It is the constant mercy of God that keeps us alive and well daily.
The Mercy is God is central to all that concerns us. All that we hope to achieve in the life is strongly dependent on the measure of God’s mercy available to us. It is no wonder that Apostle Paul wrote about the need for Mercy as a prerequisite for our success. He said: “so then it is not of him, who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.” (Romans 9:16, New King James Version). Human effort, intelligence, prowess and skills count for nothing without God’s mercy.
To appreciate something we first have to value its worth. The mercy of God is priceless and represents who He is: His mercy endures forever. Thus, in the Bible we read: “for the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever and his faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5, English Standard Version). The fact that you are alive today is a clear evidence that you are a partaker of the mercy of God. Thus, you give thanks to the God of mercy for His mercies. King David in Psalm 136 said: “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1, New King James Version). Always remember that whatever you have and whatever position you occupy at the moment are provided by the sheer mercy of the Most High. As we read in 1stt Samuel 2 verse 9 “He will keep the feet of His saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness “For by strength shall no man prevail”
The mercy of God is an “exemption from deserved judgment.” We know that the wages of sin is death and this implies that all mankind should have been destroyed by now; yet, the mercy of God prevails. The Bible states: “for ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
We should always be thankful for the enduring mercy of God over our lives. His mercy is always at His discretion and He will show compassion on whosoever He wishes. This remains a rare privilege that must never be taken for granted. It is the Mercy of God that helped us through yesterday, gives us hope for today and assurance for the future. “Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies.”-Psalms 103 verse 4 (New King James Version)
Let us pray: “Father, I thank you for your Mercy. I declare that your Mercy shall prevail daily over every sphere of my life,” in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
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