The Mercies of God

 from Lynda Lindsey

I said, “O Lord, have mercy on me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.” Psalm 41:4

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new very morning; great is Your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

God is merciful. Holy. Compassionate. Loving. Faithful. Forgiving. Gracious. Steadfast. Unchanging. Relentless in His love for us and His pursuit of us. Whatever our situation, God is at our side. In prosperity or adversity, in sickness or health, in weakness or strength, beset by enemies or surrounded by friends, God never leaves us nor forsakes us. David, in Psalm 41, cries out for God’s mercy, deliverance, restoration, and healing. David confesses his sin and states his case, holding back nothing. David then recalls God’s character and mighty deeds and ends in praise to the everlasting God.

Holy God. Sinful man. Confession of sin bridges the gap. David describes maladies common to us all. Troubles, weakness, sickness. Enemies, and sometimes even trusted friends, maliciously spreading gossip or slander. David sets a good example for us to follow: his litany of God’s mercies is lengthy; his list of troubles is succinct. Our God sees, hears, and knows our situation. Our role is to focus on God and His mercies, not our troubles.

God is Lord. Deliverer. Protector. He preserves and blesses us, sustains and restores us. He does not allow the enemy to triumph over us. He upholds us with His righteous right hand. He raises us up and sets us in His presence forever. God is merciful indeed! All praise to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen!