Isaiah 54:8, “With everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer.
Psalms 86:5, “For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy to all them that call on you”
You don’t have to live very long in this present world before it becomes painfully clear that nothing last forever, that is, except God’s love, grace and His mercy. My brethren, we have a powerful and merciful God. He knows we have all fallen short of His glory, but His mercy is incredible. That is why we need to always be aware of His love, grace and mercy, and a day shouldn’t go by without giving praise and honor to God, our Creator.
Twenty-six times in Psalm 136 we are reminded of this inspiring and encourage truth. Twenty-six times the writer gives us something for which to praise and glorify the Lord, and then he reminds us once more, “His mercy endures forever.” It can’t get any better than that. I would like to share today another beautiful poem written by Annie Johnson Flint, which speaks of God’s new mercies every morning. I trust you will enjoy this simple poem entitled, “New Every Morning.! Enjoy!
Yea, “new every morning,” though we may awake,
Our hearts with old sorrow beginning to ache;
With old work unfinished when night stayed our hand,
With new duties waiting, unknown and unplanned;
With old care still pressing, to fret and to vex,
With new problems rising, our minds to perplex;
In ways long familiar, in paths yet untrod,
Oh, new every morning the mercies of God!
His faithfulness fails not; it meets each new day
With guidance for every new step of the way;
New grace for new trials, new trust for old fears,
New patience for hearing the wrongs of the years,
New strength for new burdens, new courage for old,
New faith for whatever the day may unfold;
As fresh for each need as the dew on the sod;
Oh, new every morning are the mercies of God!
When the great Puritan preacher Thomas Hooker (1586-1647) was on his deathbed, a friend tried to console him by saying, “Brother Hooker, you are going to receive your reward.” “No, no!” he breathed. “I go to receive mercy!” However, in sharp contrast, A. W. Tozer recalled the prayer of a man who had the idea that he could earn heaven as a reward for trying to keep the Ten Commandments. It went something like this: “Now, God, I admit I have not kept number 1 and number 3 and number 7 and number 9. But remember, Father, that I have kept all the others.”
How foolish! This man (like many today) failed to see that if he had broken one commandment, he was guilty of breaking them all (James 2:10). His works were earning him condemnation, not salvation. As the apostle Paul reviewed his 30-plus years of sacrificial service, he saw himself as the “chief” of sinners and totally dependent on God’s mercy. That is how we should see ourselves! Although he undoubtedly anticipated the rewards he would receive, he gloried only in the cross (Galatians 6:14). There Jesus paid the price for sin so that everyone who trusts in Him will receive mercy. The wonder of God’s mercy and grace! Someday I will “go to receive mercy.” I hope you will too.
Grace is getting what we do not deserve. Mercy is not receiving what we do deserve.