(Part 43)


July 21, 2016

Today’s psalm:  Psalm 36:6-11

Mercy and justice go together. In God’s relationship with us, you cannot have one without the other. Both these virtues define God. “Lord, your mercy reaches to heaven; your justice is like the highest mountains” (v.6a,7a).

Mercy is being forgiven our sins and forgoing the punishment due for our transgressions. Justice is giving to the other person what is his due. What should have been due to us is punishment, but God overcomes this with His mercy.

Since God desires our salvation (what is most important for Him), then that is what is, by God’s intent, due to us. That is why God did not hold anything back and used His Son to pay the price for our sins. God was merciful, so that we might be justified. But justice is also about giving God what is His due. What is due to Him is worship, awe, obedience and glory. In fact we owe Him our very selves. Thus we not only receive God’s mercy, but we act on the forgiveness and reconciliation afforded us, and we live our lives for God. If we do not, if we persist in sin, then we are unjust to God, and we threaten the very experience of mercy He has given us.

So we turn to God. We strive to become holy, righteous and pure. Then can we experience the fullness of God’s mercy and justice. “Show mercy on those who know you, your just defense to the upright of heart.” (v.11).

God’s mercy is our invitation to enter into His protection as His people and into the fullness of life in Him, a life of abundance. “How precious is your mercy, O God! The children of Adam take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the rich food of your house; from your delightful stream you give them drink.” (v.8-9).

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