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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 97 – Mercy, mercy, mercy

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When you live in the south, you hear the word mercy a lot.

“Oh mercy, I burned the biscuits.”

“Mercy me, I spilled the coffee.”

“Did you see that dress?! Mercy.”

You get the idea.

Lately though, I’ve been enthralled with the Lord’s extravagant mercy… and it all started with my sin.

For the past two weeks it’s as if God has ripped off one layer of my heart after another going, “Oh, look at that! You didn’t know that was there, did you?” Revealing pride, sin and insecurities I didn’t have a clue existed.

This has been (and still is) a season of exposure and repentance.

And through it all God has taught me more about His mercy than I ever dreamed.

It’s been painful and hard and challenging and has served to increase my joy in Christ like nobody’s business as He keeps bringing me back to the splendid, enchanting, glorious, undeserved, amazing mercy of God.

Mercy… why He’s exposing my heart.
Mercy… why I’m not in hell right now.
Mercy… why I have the friends He’s given.
Mercy… why we have the Holy Spirit.
Mercy… why God loves us enough to chastise us and expose our sin.
Mercy… why He’s not angry or condemning to His children.
Mercy… why He crushed Jesus in my place.
Mercy… why He looks on me with love and compassion.

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According to Easton’s Bible Dictionary:

Mercy = Compassion for the miserable.

By the atoning sacrifice of Christ a way is open for the exercise of mercy toward the sons of men, in harmony with the demands of truth and righteousness.

In Christ, mercy and truth meet together.

Does that not overwhelm you with thankfulness for our flawless Finisher of faith?! 

Ephesians 2:1-7 –

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

But God,

being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

John Calvin on Ephesians 2:4 –

“There is no other life than that which is breathed into us by Christ: so that we begin to live only when we are ingrafted into Him, and enjoy the same life with Himself.

“On this ground he praises the mercy of God, meaning by its riches, that it had been poured out in a singularly large and abundant manner.

“The whole of our salvation is here ascribed to the mercy of God.”

Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy.
Thank You, Lord, for Jesus so that now we can live in Your mercy.
Thank You for Your love that motivated Your movements, and for the supply of Jesus’ blood and holy compassion that never runs dry.

My name from the palms of Your hands
Eternity will not erase
Impressed on Your heart it remains
In marks of indelible grace
Yes I, to the end will endure
Until I bow down at Your throne
Forever and always secure
Forever and always secure
Forever and always secure
A debtor to mercy alone
-Augustus M. Toplady, A Debtor to Mercy Alone

2 comments on “Monday Morning Munch No. 97 – Mercy, mercy, mercy

  1. Juliana says:

    I love this!!

    1. Praise Him. 🙂 I love YOU!

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