Psalm 145v8-9 NKJV
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion; slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works.
It is God’s disposition to be gracious, to be full of compassion, to be slow to anger, and to be of great mercy. It is not God’s nature or character to hurt you, inflict pain on you or to withhold any good thing from you. God’s nature is a loving and giving nature.
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Today I want to continue on the Mercies of God. David said in…
Psalm 59:16 NKJV
But I will sing of your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
This was David asking God to deliver him from his enemy Saul. So we know that God’s deliverance is also a manifestation of His mercy. So whatever you need God to deliver you from, release your faith in God’s mercy to do it for you.
Hebrews 4:16 NKJV
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, THAT WE MAY OBTAIN MERCY and find grace to help in time of need.
If we are not careful, we will interpret this verse only in light of the forgiveness of sins. Certainly, if we sin or fail, God’s mercy is available to restore us. God will have mercy on us and forgive us if we repent for our sins and ask for His forgiveness.
But we can see from the other scriptures we read that God’s mercy encompasses more than just the forgiveness of sins. God’s mercy encompasses material and physical provisions as well as spiritual blessings. It is also talking about obtaining healing, strength, help, deliverance in time of trouble, or whatever it is that we need from God.
In the New Testament we see again that God is the Father of merciesand thank God, all of His mercies are available to us today.
2 Corinthians 1:3 NKJV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, THE FATHER OF MERCIES and God of all comfort.
Healing is also a manifestation of God’s mercy?
Mark 1:40-41 NKJV
Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, MOVED WITH COMPASSION [or mercy], stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
Here we see that Jesus was moved with compassion to heal the leper. In other words, compassion or mercy was what motivated Jesus to heal that leper and make him clean again.
Matthew 20:29-34 NKJV
Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “HAVE MERCY ON US, O Lord, Son of David!”
Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “HAVE MERCY ON US, O Lord, Son of David!” So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.”
So Jesus HAD COMPASSION and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
Here we see that when these two blind men cried out to Jesus to have mercy on them, He responded by granting them the mercy of healing!
If you will begin to see healing as a mercy of God and not try to base obtaining healing on works or on anything else but your faith in God’s mercy, you will begin to make progress in your Christian walk with God.
2 Chronicles 5:12-14 NKJV
..The Levites who were the singers…. Clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets – indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
In singing God’s praises, they extolled His goodness and His mercy. They were constantly magnifying this aspect of God’s nature and character. And since God never changes, He is still good and merciful today.
And when they began to praise and thank the Lord, their praises brought a manifestation of God’s glory and power. THE GLORY OF THE LORD FILLED THE HOUSE OF GOD.
In our prayers, in our praises, we constantly need to magnify God’s mercy and goodness, that part of His nature and character in our lives. When we do, it will bring the presence of God into our midst.
Psalm 23:6 NKJV
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Luke 1:78-79 AMPC
Because of and through the heart of tender mercy and loving-kindness of our God, a Light from on high will dawn upon us and visit us to shine upon and give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to direct and guide our feet in a straight line into the way of peace.
God’s heart of tender mercy and loving-kindness has caused Jesus, our Light to come upon us. Start declaring that you are no longer sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death. Declare that your Light has come. Say, “He is directing and guiding my feet in a straight line into the way of peace”.
Psalm 136 NKJV
Take the time and read Psalm 136. What a beautiful Psalm and picture of the mercies of God.
Even if you are in a low state today, His mercies can still reach you and bring you back up again. I’ve seen how God did it for me over and over and over, and He will do it for you, if you cry out in faith for His Mercies.
You see, you can’t come in contact with the mercy of God without His mercy affecting your life. And, thank God, His mercy reaches every area of our lives. The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works!
What God did for His people in the Old Testament, He will do for His people today. God’s mercies are extended to us, but we make it possible for Him to bless us by coming to Him in faith (Hebrews 11:6).
Through faith in God and through faith in His Word, you can receive the mercies of God which include the forgiveness of sins, healing for your body, and deliverance from anything that would bind or oppress you.
When you come in contact with God, you come in contact with His mercies. And you can receive whatever it is you need from your Heavenly Father because God is the Father of Mercies.
Ps. Lester Holland
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