10Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
13Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.
Mercy, Truth, Righteousness, and Peace
Whenever we see the words, mercy, truth, righteousness, and peace, linked together, we understand that we are speaking of God, for none of these attributes belong to us apart from God! Our world is steeped in unrighteousness and our earth is sadly affected by the effects of sin. However, as the psalmist so beautifully pointed out, all is not lost for our sin-infested land.
Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.
These verses seem especially poignant at this time of the year. I live in a beautiful city that is inundated with flowers, beginning with its annual "Tulip Time" celebration the first week of May. From season to season God's promise is reflected in a beautiful array of colors beginning early in the spring and lasting through the latter days of fall. As a matter of fact, the warm winter we had has brought the flowers early; in late February the tulips already began to break through the silent black earth.
What does this have to do with mercy, truth, righteousness, and peace? As we consider these pure attributes of our Lord Jesus Christ, all nature sings and round me rings the music of the spheres. (From the song, "This is My Father's World"). Nature loudly proclaims the glory of God and reminds of us the many promises granted to all humans, even the unbelievers, by our loving Creator.
We tend to take such things for granted. God tells us in Matthew,
45. . . . for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:45, King James Version)
Jesus is reminding us that we are to love our enemies and pray for their conversion. For now, they enjoy the great benefits given by God, but if they remain in their lost estate, the day will come when they will suffer the loss of all of God's benefits granted to men on this earth. Indeed, those not written in the lamb's book of life will spend eternity totally removed from God. We cannot imagine the horror of an existence where mercy, truth, righteousness, and peace, will never again be found.
Take some time this week and take a walk, enjoying the new beginnings of spring (or the latter days of summer if you live south of the equator). As the robins begin to return to their summer homes, marvel at God's faithfulness to these lowly creatures. He has instilled within them a time table so that they know that warm days will again return into the northern parts of the earth. Even the creatures benefit from the mercy, truth, righteousness and peace of our great God and King!
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,