Mercy! Mercy!

Psalm 136  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.  O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.   O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.   To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.   To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.   To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.   To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:   The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:  9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.   To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:   And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:   With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.   To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:   And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:   But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.   To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.   To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:   And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:   Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:   And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:   And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:   Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.   Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:   And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.  Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.  O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

I don’t know, but there seems to be a common thought running all through this psalm.  What do you think?  Mercy is when we do not get the punishment we deserve for wrongdoing.  God created a perfect world for mankind to live in.  God entrusted the care of this world to Adam, our forefather.  But Adam allowed the enemy of death into this world through his sin.  But God in His mercy hasn’t taken this world away from us.  He still feeds us and provides for us through His creation.

The rest of this psalm talks about the children of Israel and their deliverance from the slavery of Egypt.  Human slavery by others humans has been a great evil in our world, but Israel in Egypt is a picture of a much greater evil.  It is the evil of mankind’s slavery to sin.  Adam isn’t the only human to have disobeyed God.  It is true, we are affected by Adam’s sin because we inherit our sin nature from him.  But all of us have chosen to do what we knew was wrong at some point in our lives.  At many, many points in our lives to be honest.  The Bible tells us that when we submit to the temptation of sin, we become the servants, or slaves, of sin.  Sin is a far more cruel and oppressive master than Egypt ever was.  God was more than able to deliver Israel out of the slavery of the most powerful nation on earth at that time.  He is more than able to deliver you from sin through His mercy.  Are you interested?  The GOOD NEWS page on this site can show you, from the Bible, how you can escape the slavery and guilt of your sin.  If you have any questions after reading that page or would like someone to pray or talk with you, please contact us by phone or email. If you live in our area, we invite you to visit one of our services.  We would love to share with you the mercy we have found in Christ.

Thank you for reading our post today.  May God richly bless you!