(Part 10)


December 3, 2015

Today’s psalm:  Psalm118:1-27

Our God is a merciful God, and “his mercy endures forever.” (v.1b).

Since God is merciful, we find our refuge in him, and not in human individuals or human institutions of power and authority like governments. “Better to take refuge in the Lord than to put one’s trust in mortals. Better to take refuge in the Lord than to put one’s trust in princes.” (v.8-9). Everyone else can and oftentimes will fail us, but God never does.

There are dangers all around us in the world, but we have the Lord to turn to. “In danger I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.” (v.5). With God for us, there is nothing, nothing at all to fear. “The Lord is with me; I am not afraid; what can mortals do against me?” (v.6).

The merciful God is always there for us. Even as we stray and sin, his mercy endures. Even as we need to be rebuked or punished for our sin, God never abandons us. He brings us back from death to life. “The Lord chastised me harshly, but did not hand me over to death.” (v.18).

What a God! What great mercy! Every day of our lives, we can look forward to experiencing God’s love and mercy. Even given all the challenges and hardships of life, we can truly rejoice at each new day. Each new day is an opportunity to once again experience the mercy of God. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.” (v.24).

We must respond to such love and mercy. First, we must strive to live lives of holiness as we experience the mercy of God. We must realize what God has done for us, and what God continues to do for us. Jesus has delivered us from darkness, sin and the dominion of the evil one. We are to live our lives in and for Christ. “The joyful shout of deliverance is heard in the tents of the righteous” (v.15a).

Second, we must do the work of evangelization, so that many more will experience the mercy of God. When we do so, we face powerful forces. There is the evil one, and there are his minions, powerful forces like the US government, the European Union, the United Nations, billionaire depopulationists, international liberal media. As they impose their godless reproductive health and gender ideologies on us, we are pressed from all sides. But God is there on our side! “All the nations surrounded me; in the Lord’s name I cut them off. They surrounded me on every side; in the Lord’s name I cut them off.” (v.10-11). At times we feel helpless and hopeless, we feel the battle is being lost, we feel overwhelmed by the tsunami of evil, but God is there for us! “I was hard pressed and falling, but the Lord came to my help.” (v.13).

We look to Jesus. The crucified Christ is the icon of mercy. Jesus has already defeated the enemy. “The Lord, my strength and might, has become my savior.” (v.14). God is a mighty warrior. “The Lord’s right hand works valiantly” (v.15b).

We truly have so much to thank God for. He can never be outdone in generosity, grace and mercy. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his mercy endures forever.” (v.1).

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