God’s mercy: we talk about it, read about and even sing about it. But what is it? I know that you may have coined phrases and shoot from the hip definitions for this term, but have you ever personally tried to define it?
In Psalm 51, David cries out to the Lord for mercy. The definition of the Hebrew word for mercy means ” to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior”. Think about it. Whenever God shows mercy towards us, he, in the splendor of his high exalted state, stoops down to you and me.
Why would such an exalted being be willing to perform such a humbling task? He does this because of his loving kindness. As a loving expectant mother feels love in the womb for her child, our Heavenly Father experiences the same towards us. This form of love is described as tender mercy and it is this tender mercy that moves him to stoop down.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. (Psalms 51:1)
When you pray, God stoops down to answer and meet your needs, When you need help, he stoops down to give you strength and when you fall, he even stoops down to pick you up. He stooped down to become man and stooped down even further to become our sin bearer. If you think about it, possibly the greatest manifestation of God’s love is his stooping down.
Thanks be to God for his mercy.
Life is filled with ups and downs. Sometimes the causes are understandable, but at other times it seems that everything is against you, nothing makes sense and all hope for recovery is nowhere in sight. What should a person do? Should they fight? Give up? Run away? All of these plausible solutions are representative of our efforts to deliver ourselves, but God’s solution is different.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (1 Peter 5:6)
Instead of fighting, try humbling yourself before God. Kneel before, yield your will, desires and goals. As you place them before God, you allow him complete liberty with your life. You know that God is omnipotent: meaning that he can do anything, but there are some things that he will not do. He will not rob you of your will. He will speak to you, move your heart and even chasten you, but he will not make you do anything. When you are humble before God, you give him liberty to do his perfect work in your life. Many believe yielding to God will limit the joy that can be had in life, but in reality, by yielding to God, you open up to yourself doors of joyful opportunity that you in no other way could possibly experience.
When you do humble yourself before God, he will lift you up. He is not saying that he will promote you to a higher position among men–although he may do that–but he will lift you above your circumstances in life.
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