Thursday, July 31, 2008
Each day I wake up I thank God for His new mercy, because I used up all of yesterday's supply. Webster's Dictionary defines mercy as "tenderness of heart and disposes a person to overlook injuries or to treat an offender better than he deserves." That's a picture of God's mercy toward us! David was a man who loved God very much, yet lust overcame him causing him to commit adultery, then having the woman husband killed. The reason David talked about God's mercy is because he needed so much of it! Only a person who's gut-level honest in their evaluation of themselves can say "Oh give thanks unto Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever. Any time we think we're solely responsible for our success think again. Paul the greatest of the Apostles wrote: I know that in me dwelleth no good thing". It's impossible to be merciful until we've thoroughly come to terms with our won need for mercy - and learned to receive it from the Lord. If we were perfect who could stand us! Nobody because we would expect the same from them. Every time we have a memory lapse concerning our own faults we end up being hard to live with. At such times God reminds us again of our flawed condition. He allows us to get into just enough trouble to need His mercy to keep us humble and therefore useble.