Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mercy Forever!

 1O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
 2Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
 3Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
 4Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever. 
(Psalm 118:1-4, King James Version)

Mercy Forever!

Four times the Psalmist tells us that God's mercy endures forever, but is God's mercy for everyone? The Psalmist begins in general terms, then to Israel, then the house of Aaron, and finally to them that fear the Lord. There is some logic in this progression from all to just a few.

How is the the mercy of God manifest to us today? Is everyone a recipient of God's mercy? Generally, God's mercy is abundant and shown in all of the blessings we see on this earth. Most importantly, His mercy is shown in His offer of salvation from the penalty of sin that came upon every single human being due to the sins of Adam and Eve. God could have let man self-destruct, but instead showed great mercy in sending His only Son to pay the debt of sin we cannot pay, that we might have eternal life.

God's gift of eternal life is available forever, however it is not available to everyone forever. As we follow the progression above, we note that in verse 4, the conclusion of this progression is given: Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever. Only those who fear the LORD are recipients of the Lord's mercy shown by His salvation granted to them, and that salvation does, indeed, last forever.

For those who do not love the Lord, God's door of mercy is shut upon their physical death. No longer is the door of opportunity open to them. It is a sobering thought to think that God has offered such a great salvation, and yet, in the end, so few receive it.

How should we who are saved by God's grace view God's mercy? Do we have any responsibility to God? Yes, we do! God has granted to us His great salvation and has left us here to point others to Christ. Knowing that the days are short, we must pray that God would grant us love for the lost and diligence to present the Gospel to them. Jesus, speaking to His disciples in John 4, said,
 35Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
 36And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. (John 4:35-36, King James Version)
Will there be mercy forever? Only for those who fear the Lord. Let us, by the grace of God, lift up our eyes, and look on the fields that are white already to harvest, and pray that God would send us forth boldly to proclaim the good news of salvation to the lost.

Nothing is more important! God has given to each of us our own personal "mission field" among our families, friends, and acquaintances.

God Bless You,

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