(Part 2 of 3)
Psalm 118:1-4… The nation is to acknowledge God’s mercy. “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever” (KJV).
David gives a general call to his people and exhorts the nation, the priesthood, and believers to give thanks to the Lord because His mercy endures forever. Has our nation forgotten that it was God’s mercy that made us a nation?
Psalm 136:1-26… This chapter praises God’s mercy. “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” (v. 1, KJV). Twenty-six times in this chapter the words, “His mercy endureth for ever,” are used. The number 26 in Biblical numerics stands for the gospel of Christ. (See Biblical Mathematics: Keys to Scripture Numerics by Ed F. Vallowe.) God’s mercy is seen in Christ’s ministry on the cross. In 2 Corinthians 11:23-27, Paul lists twenty-six different afflictions which he endured as a minister of the gospel of Christ. God’s mercy saw him through each time.
These miscellaneous verses also speak of mercy. 2 Chronicles 20:21-23… Warfare requires that we confess God’s mercy. The mercy of God was sung as Israel went into battle. “And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten” (KJV). This is a pattern for us also. When we sing of God’s mercy, He will set ambushes against our enemies as well. Victory is based on God’s unfailing mercy.
Proverbs 3:3-4… People can’t afford to forsake mercy. “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man” (KJV). As soon as we get right with God, we are going to meet contrary and unmerciful people. We will run into bad institutions, organizations, and businesses. We will have to discipline ourselves to be merciful to the merciless. In Luke 16:24, the rich man who ended up in hell cried out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me,” but he was too late. He let mercy forsake him while alive on earth.
Luke 6:36… God wants us to upgrade our mercy. “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father in heaven is merciful” (KJV). What a strong command. Matthew 5:48 says, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” The word “perfect” means “finished, complete, pure, holy.” The word “perfect” can refer to machinery that is complete in its parts and that has all parts working harmoniously. Luke applies the word “merciful” to God to demonstrate how His mercy is a part of Him.
Hebrews 4:16… God’s throne is a throne of mercy. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (KJV). Isaiah 16:5… “And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.” Psalm 89:14… “Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.” Since God is merciful, He responds to mercy. It opens His heart. (Things such as criticism, vengeful attitudes, and hardness of heart close God’s heart.) Matthew 5:7 says, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Psalm 18:25 says, “With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.”
Micah 6:8… God wants you to see mercy. “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (KJV)
All too often we hand people over to God’s mercy and show none ourselves. A good example of this is found in Acts 10:1-4. Cornelius was a devout man who showed mercy to the poor. He prayed, and God sent an angel. The end result of this man’s mercy opened the doors to the Gentiles, and the rest is history.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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