‘The Lord your God is a merciful God’ (Deuteronomy 4:31)
It is not uncommon to mistake the true character of God, and conceive of Him in ways which dishonour His name and distress our own souls. It is plainly and frequently asserted in the Bible, that our God is merciful and the same is satisfactorily proven in nature, providence, and redemption.
It should be firmly believed and constantly remembered, especially when burdened with guilt, or at the throne of God confessing sin; when enduring trials, or pleading with God for blessings; when performing duties, or suffering privations; when witnessing misery, or comforting mourners: “OUR GOD IS A MERCIFUL GOD!”
But mercy and holiness are united in His nature – word – and ways. He is not implacable or difficult to please, but He should be loved daily, and constantly trusted. His mercy is the sun that enlightens, the ocean that supplies, and the army that guards us.
Except for His mercy, we would soon sink into despair, or run into desperation; but now we may trust and not be afraid; walk with Him in peace, and rejoice in Him day by day.
Merciful God, Thyself proclaim
In my polluted breast;
Mercy is Thy distinguish’d name,
Which suits a sinner best.
Thy mighty mercy now make known,
In me, and claim me for Thy son.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘The Lord is working; seven who profess to be called under my ministry, are joining the church, and many more appear to be under a gracious work. O to see the arm of the Lord made bare, and multitudes flock to the Redeemer’s standard!’