5Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
6The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
7Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
(Psalm 116:5-7, King James Version)
Gracious, Righteous, and Merciful
Who is this God we serve? According to the Psalmist He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. What is the significance of His grace, His righteousness, and His mercy to us, His children.
Grace is the free, unmerited favor of our beneficent God. There is nothing we can do to earn God's salvation; out of His infinite grace He has chosen to save a people for Himself. God owes no man anything, but out of His wondrous grace He has chosen to send His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to pay the way so that we might come to Him for salvation.
To be righteous is to be morally upright, without guilt or sin. God is so righteous that He cannot even look upon sin. Without an intermediary, or go-between, no one could come before God. Because He is righteous, He can do what He chooses. After man sinned, it would have been God's right to turn from man and condemn all of mankind forever.
Mercy is defined as, compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm. By sending His only Son, God extended His great and wondrous mercy to mankind. By looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, we can come before God. God then sees, not our sin, but rather Christ's perfect blood.
No wonder the Psalmist responds by saying, The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. Before God, we are nothing, and yet God has chosen the foolish of this world (us), to confound those who are wise according to the things of this world. Only by being brought low before Christ, can we come to Him for salvation.
All the saints of God proclaim with the Psalmist, Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee. No matter what our circumstances may be on this earth, we look forward to heaven's bounty, where our souls will find complete rest and peace. It is better that we have nothing on this earth that would prevent us from coming to God, than to have everything according to the standards of this world, and yet lose Christ.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. (Jim Elliot)
Go to this gracious, righteous, and merciful God today, for He alone can pardon our great sin.
God Bless You,