God’s Mercy on our Weaknesses; October 3, 2019

Psalm 145:8-9 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.

This is another acrostic Psalm, laid out according to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and so has a bit of the feeling of a collection of truisms. At the same time, every statement in it is demonstrably true, certainly including these two verses. What comes across to me here is that as our Creator, God knows just how weak and foolish we are, and He acts accordingly. We need to remember that God is never shocked or even surprised by anything we say or do, though He may be saddened. This passage calls to mind another of David’s Psalms. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14) It was His loving compassion that caused Him to send His Son to take the penalty for our stupid sins, since we weren’t bright enough to choose the blessings of obedience over our own willfulness. We are indeed accountable for our every action and even our every word, (Matthew 12:36) but we must remember that God still loves us, and His forgiveness is always available for all who will repent.

I definitely need to be reminded of this from time to time. I have times of feeling intimate fellowship with my Lord, of participating in what He is doing, and those are glorious. However, I also have times of feeling like I’m spinning my wheels, of essentially being of not much use to anybody or anything. Yesterday was one of those days, even though objectively speaking I did get some things done. That left me feeling spiritually dull this morning, “not the sharpest knife in the drawer.” However, my feelings in no way change God’s love for me. Once again I need to get my focus off of myself and onto my Lord. Rather than worrying about what to do, I need to rejoice in what He has caused me to be, a redeemed child of the Creator of the universe. I am to keep myself available at all times for anything He indicates He wants me to do, but that is secondary to simply being His child. This too is part of what He told me years ago: rest, relax, rejoice. I can be remarkably slow to learn at times!

Father, thank You for this reminder. You have really changed my mood, causing me to laugh at myself. That’s good medicine! Thank You that our neighbor came over last night to tell us the extent of her financial loss from our shed flying over there in the typhoon. I ask for clear guidance in how that is to be dealt with, and I thank You for Your abundant provision. Help me not be so disgusted with insurance companies! May we be willing, joyful agents of Your will being done in all things, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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