April 21 Devotional

“… The heart for mercy cries …” is a line from an old hymn that I love.  In reality, all of our hearts cry out for the mercy of God.  We really do not want the justice we deserve, but we want God’s mercy in its place.  Psalm 136 has the phrase, “His mercy endureth forever,” twenty-six times.  In the margin of my Bible at the end of this great chapter, I wrote; “I think God wants us to know that His mercy endures forever!”  I am so thankful for a God that gives me what I don’t deserve, rather than giving me all that I have earned in my sinfulness.

 

Too much of our lives are spent thinking about how much good we deserve that we are not getting.  In other words, there are times when others are promoted, and while we are clapping we are thinking that we deserved that recognition more than they did.  We constantly view the world through our own opinions and think less of the people who do not share our thoughts and idea’s.  If we are not careful, we actually begin to think that we are the king (queen) of our domain and all others should bow to us.   Time for a reality check today …

 

Here are the cold, hard facts … “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Romans 3:12).  You are I are nothing without the mercy and grace of God.  Today as you begin this new day, why not pause and thank God for His mercies.  Psalm 136 lists some things that we have received as a result of the mercy of God.  He does great wonders … in His wisdom He made the heavens … He stretched out the earth … He made the great lights … He made a sun to rule our day … He made the moon and stars for the spectacle at night … He conquers enemies for us, and without our help … He divided the Red Sea for Israel to pass through and then collapsed it just at the right time to destroy the powerful Egyptian army … He has conquered powerful and famous kings … He remembers us when we are low and no one else cares about us … He redeems us from sin … What can we say except, “His mercy endureth forever!”  Thank God today that He has not given you the things you deserved, again, and again, and again.  In the place of what we deserved, God has given us grace.  He has pardoned our sin through His Son, by His grace.  Don’t take these blessings for granted today.  Look at your own life; thank God for the times of mercy He has poured out on you.

 

We are all flawed, bruised, and broken people needing the Lord.” – Unknown