Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. – Micah 7:18
God delights in mercy. He takes pleasure in showing us His goodness, His kindness, His favor. To think that the self-existent, eternal Creator of all would stoop to take notice of us and do this for us is amazing benevolence. This in itself would be great mercy, but when we consider the fact that He shows us His compassion and kindness when we were His enemies, not begrudgingly, but willingly – that is unfathomable.
O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. – Psalm 107:1
This phrase, His mercy endureth for ever, is found in more than 40 verses in our Bible. His mercy lasts. He will never run out. If we are His children, we will never sin to the point that He has no mercy left for us. It is not dependent on what we do; it is not something that we can ever earn. But we can be assured that it will endure – not for a long time, not for our life here on earth, but forever! Without His mercy, we have nothing. With His mercy, we have all things.
For Thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and Thy truth unto the clouds. – Psalm 57:10
His mercy is great; it is all-encompassing. The heavens cannot be searched out completely by man. The more he discovers, the more there is to discover. Just so is God’s mercy – just when we think we have reached what must surely be the limits of the mercy, we realize that it goes much further beyond our comprehension. It extends to any and all, wherever they may be, if they will choose to accept it.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us. – Ephesians 2:4
Continuing right along with it’s greatness, the Lord is described as rich in mercy. As a king who knows no want unfilled, so our God never has to check to see if His mercy supply has depleted. He is not miserly with His mercy, though, but as mentioned before, He delights in distributing it to one and all. He generously bestows just as much as we will take from Him.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16
How do we obtain this mercy? We must simply come to Him and ask for it. We may obtain it, if we will ask. There is no facet of our lives for which we do not need His mercy. We can try to handle life on our own, but without His favor, His kindness, His faithful mercy, we will only fail. If, however, we continually seek His mercy, we will be victorious, joyful servants of Christ in all that we do. If you find yourself discouraged, failing, or overwhelmed this week, think of Him Who delights in showing His everlasting mercy to all who will come to Him and ask.