THE MERCY OF GOD

Andy Hollifield 6-2-17

Lamentations 3:22-26 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (23) They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (24) The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. (25) The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. (26) It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Mercy————-(1) compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence (2) the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment (3) an act of kindness, compassion, or favor. (4) something that gives evidence of divine favor

I know that I wrote about mercy a few months ago but I felt like I should write on it again today. You cannot say enough about the mercies of God. There is an old saying that says something like; ” Mercy is God not giving us what we deserve and grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve”. I can only speak for myself and say that without a doubt, God has never given me what I deserve and has given me much more that I didn’t deserve. I am so thankful for his mercies. You will notice in the scripture above that the word is “mercies”. I’m no english major but the “ies” on the end of the word is plural meaning more than one. I am glad that God didn’t just show mercy on me one time but has continually shown mercy on me throughout my life.

The word mercy is in the bible 276 times in 261 verses. Something that God mentions that many times, I believe he wants us to pay attention to. The first time the word is used is in Genesis 19:19 when Lot is escaping the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The last time is in the book of Jude verse 21; “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life”. It is far better to keep ourselves in the love of God and be obedient than to fail to obey him and have to look for mercy instead of judgment. Showing mercy was so important to God that he mentioned it in giving Israel the 10 commandments in Exodus 20:6 “And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments”. He even gave Moses commandment to have a “mercy seat” built and place it on top of the ark of the covenant in the tabernacle. In Exodus 25:22 he told Moses “there will I meet with thee”. I am glad that God still meets us at the mercy seat. I know that we will stand before him one day and he will judge our works but right now, mercy and grace has been extended unto us and he is still willing figuratively to meet us at the mercy seat.

The psalmist said it beautifully in Psalms 13:5 when he said “But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation”. In one of the most quoted chapters in the bible; Psalms 23:6 says “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”. I am glad that I will never see even one day when the mercy of God isn’t present with me. Psalms 86 speaks four times about the Lord being “plenteous in mercy”. In Psalms 136, the psalmist ended all 26 verses with the phrase “his mercy endureth forever”. As a matter of fact, the word mercy is used in the book of Psalms 99 times if I counted correctly. In Proverbs 28:13 Solomon said, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy”. Jonah in chapter 2 verse 6, just prior to him repenting while in the whales belly, come to this conclusion; “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy”.

The word “mercies” is used 44 times in the bible. In Genesis 32:10, Jacob admitted that, just like all of us, he was not worthy of all of God’s mercies. In 2 Samuel, as well as in other places, David referred to God’s mercies as great. Nehemiah talked about his mercies being many. Throughout Psalms, his mercies are talked about as tender and multitudes of them. Isaiah spoke of them being sure. Jeremiah spoke several times in both Jeremiah and Lamentations of God’s mercy. In 2 Corinthians 1:3, Paul calls God “the Father of mercies”. That pretty much says it all doesn’t it? Without God, there would be no such thing as mercy.
It is by the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary that we can obtain mercy. It isn’t earned nor can it be bought. But it is tender and plenteous and sure and great and many. Aren’t you thankful that because of God’s mercy, you are not consumed? Because of his mercy, none of us have gotten what we deserved. And because of his grace, we have gotten what we didn’t deserve. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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