Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The Lord is Gracious

 8The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
 9The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. 
(Psalm 145:8-9, King James Version)

The Lord is Gracious

When we say that the Lord is gracious, what exactly do we mean? The answer to that question has to do with the recipient (us), and not the giver. In other words, The Lord is gracious in what He gives to us because we do not deserve His gifts. There is nothing in us that makes us worthy recipients of any of the gifts He bestows upon any people, whether they are believers or not!

Grace is often defined as "unmerited favor." The difficulty is that we tend to think in the opposite direction. For example, we do not find ourselves saying, "Look at God's grace in the kindness He bestowed upon us; we certainly did not deserve His help." Instead, we are more apt to think that God owes us the benefits He gives. Even more, not only does God owe us, but He is not doing a very good job. We see countless examples where God could have intervened in a situation, but did not, so we think we have a right to call God into account for His lack of intervention.

Of course, we are not usually so bold in our assertions. Instead, we are more likely to ask the common questions like: "Why do babies have to die?" or "Why did God allow that teen to die in that car accident?" or "Why did God take that mother when it is so obvious that her husband and children need her?" In other words, we are asserting that if we were God, we would certainly make different choices.

How vain we are to think such things! We may not understand the ways of God, but in truth, we know that the decisions He makes are righteous and perfect. Though we may not understand now, we will certainly know the truth when we ourselves reach the gates of heaven.

David did not wrestle with questions like these. Instead, he was practically overcome when he pondered the grace of God on his behalf. In psalm after psalm we find him pouring forth words of praise like those found in verses 8 and 9 of Psalm 145.
The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
Let us marvel at the grace and goodness of our Lord. When we examine our own lives, we must admit that, indeed, He is very slow to anger. How wondrous, tender, and patient He is with us. In spite of our most feeble efforts to serve Him, we find ourselves constantly falling short. Yet He picks us up again and again, and sets our feet upon the right paths.

Go to God today and thank Him for His love and mercy that He exhibits toward you! Truly, the Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger and full of great mercy. For all eternity, let us sing of His love and mercy extended toward all men, and especially toward His dear children!

God Bless You,

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