Have Mercy (Psa 94:18)



When people interact together, it is only a matter of time before some type of conflict will wise.  When the interaction involves one person trying to instruct or mentor another, the chances of it occurring increase.

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to lead someone who continually struggles to either keep up or perform as expected.  So, what should our response be?

When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. (Psalms 94:18)

As we strive to trust God and walk in his ways, how does he respond when we falter?  He doesn’t attack or pound us down, but instead holds us up by his mercy.

When people are struggling, our response toward them should be the same.  We should respond with mercy.  There is a difference between struggling and refusing.  When people struggle, they are striving to accomplish or perform as expected, but yet still need support.  We love it when people show mercy towards us and especially when we receive it from God.  His dealings with us are a pattern or model for us to follow.

Patience is still a virtue.  So at work, be patient and show mercy.  As you raise your children, remember mercy.  Mercy is like a fertilizer.  When it is used correctly, it will enhance the growth of your relationships.  Without mercy, relationships can die.  If you want to make a great difference by helping people, you need to exercise mercy.

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Upholding Others (Psalm 54:4)

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God has promised that he will provide to us the help that we need to endure life in this fallen world and face all its perils. How he accomplishes this is different than what we expect. Our mind visions God reaching out from Heaven and miraculous zapping us with his divine strength. However, the Psalmist clearly reveals how his help comes. Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. (Psalms 54:4)

God’s help comes from other people. He moves upon the hearts of other believers to minister to us and uphold or prop up our soul. It is their words, actions and prayers that are the helping work that he provides.

As we journey through life, we must recognize that we are both receivers and providers of God’s help. He will be there for us when we need him and we should be there for him when he needs to use us. There are so many people struggling in life who just need somebody to uphold them. Will you be the person that God uses to provide the strength that they need?

A similar passage to consider is found in the New Testament and reveals that this type of living is an essential part of Christian living. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)