Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
This song has been cycling though my head so much lately. As I continue to read and meditate on Lamentations, and as I am daily confronted with my own sin, I realize how it is so easy to forget the mercy of God.
Mercy can be defined as:
That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves.
Sometimes we can swing to two extremes.
- We think of ourselves as better than we really are. I forget the mercy of God because I think on my good deeds, and congratulate myself on not needing God’s mercy today. I think it is my own righteousness that has saved me, and how often I have prayed/thought of others/read the Bible that puts me in right standing before God. This is a dangerous place to be in, because I think that I am too good for God’s mercy.
- We dwell on our sin too long. When I have not had a good day or week, when I see the ugliness of my hypocrisy, pride, selfishness, and self-righteousness, then I beat myself up. I think that God is shaking His head sadly, disappointed in me, and turning His face away. I forget that His mercies have not run out, in fact they are new every morning.
Oh, that we would wake each day with a song of praise on our lips, thankful that we have a fresh supply of mercy for THIS day. Yes, we are depraved sinners, but we are also beloved children who will never be turned away from One who loved us first (1 John 4:19).