Pastor Howard Caldwell
Have you read this passage lately?
“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever: The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever: The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever: And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever: With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever: And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever: But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever: And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever: And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever: Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever: And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.” – Psalm 136:1-26
How about this one?
“Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.” – 1 Peter 1:10-12
A man by the name of A.W. Tozer summarized the mercy of God in this way,
“When through the blood of the everlasting covenant we children of the shadows reach al last our home in the light, we shall have a thousand strings to our harps, but the sweetest may well be the one tuned to sound forth most perfectly THE MERCY OF GOD. It is by the mercy of God that we gain entrance to Heaven. What right do we have in Heaven? Did we not by our sins take part with Satan in that Rebellion to dethrone God? Did we not in times past walks according to the course of this world, according to the evil prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience? Did we not all once live in the lusts of our flesh? Were we not by nature the children of wrath, even as others?”
We, who were Aliens and Enemies of God, shall see Him face to face. We who earned Banishment shall enjoy His Presence. We who deserve the Pains of Hell shall know the Joys of Heaven. HOW? It is through the “Tender Mercy” of our God.
THE RIGHT OF DIVINE PASSAGE: HIS MERCY
At Havana’s La Beneficencia orphanage nuns took in children by means of a pass-through. This foundling asylum has a door where the mother of the unwanted or illegitimate baby may go in private, place the child in a cupboard in the wall, then shut the door. On the other side of the wall, a Sister of Mercy opens the cupboard, and the child finds a home where loving hearts are open to its misfortune.
THE DEFINITION OF MERCY
An attribute of God which is infinite and Eternal that disposes God to be actively compassionate. Both the Old and New Testaments proclaim the mercy of God, but the Old has more than four times as much to say about it as the New. God will always act like Himself. Whether in the Garden of Eden or the Garden of Gethsemane, God is merciful as well as just.
THE DURATION OF MERCY
Divine Mercy is an attribute of an eternal and infinite God. Therefore, we should never fear that it would someday cease to be. Nothing that has occurred or will occur in Heaven or earth or Hell can change the tender mercies of our God.
The Distinction of Mercy
There is a contrast between judgment and mercy. Judgment is God’s justice confronting moral partiality. Judgment evens the score, compensates for evil that is done. Iniquity is the exact opposite of moral inequity. Iniquity is the absence of equality from human thoughts and acts.
Sin always steals and destroys.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10
Justice equalizes what Sin has done. Justice returns, revives, and restores. Satan has fought the Child of God, lied, stolen, killed and destroyed. Sometimes it seems it is not fair the persecution and heartache we have to suffer. But we must remember that there is a Judgment Day.
W. Tozer said, ”It may take the judgment to prove who was right, but it will be worth the wait.”
Mercy is God’s goodness confronting Human Suffering and Guilt! Were there no guilt in the world, no pain, and no tears, God would yet be infinitely merciful; But His mercy might well remain hidden in His heart, unknown to man. It is man’s need, misery, and sin that celebrates the mercy of God.
THE DISCOVERY OF MERCY
There are two reasons one has never discovered MERCY.
“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” – Romans 10:12
“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” – Hebrews 4:2
A man that is starving to death must learn where the banquet hall is if he is to live. But a man, starving to death, must also have an invitation to the banquet hall. But if the man starving to death is shown the banquet hall and sees a sign over the door that says, “Everyone is welcome,” will die unless he believes the Invitation. The starving man can stand to lie outside the banquet hall into which he has been invited or he can by faith, enter the hall, and sit down to feast on all that is on the table!
The Diversification of Mercy
Mercy is usually exercised in connection with guilt; It is that attribute of God, which leads Him to seek the welfare, both temporal and spiritual, of sinners, even though at the cost of great sacrifice on His part.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,” – Ephesians 2:4
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
Mercy extended to the Saved man is called Loving-kindness. This is that attribute of God which leads Him to bestow His constant and choice blessing upon His obedient children.
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” – Romans 8:32
God’s Loving-kindness towards the Saints.
“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.” – Psalm 32:10
The believer is instantly surrounded by the Mercy of God at conversion and compels God to protect him just as in the case of a parent and child. We are enveloped in His mercy, Mercy is my environment.
“For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.” – Philippians 2:27
Here God’s loving -kindness is seen in healing up His sick children.
“For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.” – Psalm 21:7
Here David feels that, because he trusts in the mercy of the Lord, his throne, whatever may come against it, is perfectly secure. This is also true of the believer’s eternal security. The eternal security of the believer is to be attributed more to the mercy of God than to the perseverance of the saints.
There is mercy everywhere we look.
There is Saving Mercy | Power of Creation | Psalm 136:5-9
There is Surrounding Mercy | Protection & Deliverance| Psalm 136:10-16
There is Sufficient Mercy | Preserving |Psalm 136:21,23
There is Securing Mercy | Perfecting | Isaiah 55:7
One of the best ways we can serve the Lord with gladness in 2019 is for us to be ever aware of the mercy of God in our lives.
Pastor Howard Caldwell is the Senior Pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Winchester, VA.