Before we sang His Mercy Is More yesterday, we spent time thinking about how often the Bible talks about God’s delight in showing mercy. Think about Exodus 34 when Moses asks God to show him his glory. How does God respond? He responds by telling him what He is like; He preaches a sermon to Moses about His character. He says, [I am] The Lord, The Lord, a God merciful and gracious. Isn’t it amazing that when God chooses to talk about Himself, He leads with “I’m merciful."
"God DELIGHTS in pouring out mercy."
Or think about in Isaiah 28:21 where it talks about God rousing himself to judgment. How interesting that Isaiah talks about this work of judgment as a “strange” and “alien” work. Why in the world would he call it strange? He calls it strange because that’s not what God is inclined towards. God would much rather give mercy. God DELIGHTS in pouring out mercy.
A. W. Tozer famously said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” For some of us our thought of God leads us to think about an angry, vengeful being with a hair trigger towards wrath. But friends, while our God is full of justice the Bible is so clear that he DELIGHTS in mercy. Praise God!
We sang about this glorious truth, but before we sang, we had a responsive reading from Psalm 103.
The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
Daniel Renstrom has served as our Worship Pastor since April 2016. He is married to Danielle and they have 3 daughters, Bennett, Eden and Mercy.